Panning in Slow Motion


A great way to practice your panning abilities could come from spectator events, such as Rodeos of Motor races. Horses move at a speed approximate to birds, but cars or motorcycles require higher shutter speed for success. Again, the distance to subject is very important. Even bikers provide great subjects to practice.
It is important to try and follow your subject before you press the shutter, in order to synchronize your speed with him/her. A smooth panning movement is necessary. You can hand hold or use a panning head. I prefer to hand hold whenever possible.
The shutter speed will depend on your distance to the subject (it’s easier to blur closer subjects) and the speed of the movement. If you have more than one chance, experiment with various shutter speeds. You can set your camera to shutter priority if you want to be precise, or just lower your ISO settings and picks a small aperture.
And this is not an exact technique, so the more you shoot, the more chances of getting a good one.

This was captured at Bergeron Arena, at f/6.3, 1/40, ISO 400, under artificial lights, at night.

Key Biscayne, f/25, 1/25, ISO 125.

PBI Raceway, f/4, 1/30, ISO 1250, with very dim natural light.

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