Action blur

Catching the action

Slow shutter speed captures movement

A slow shutter speed (e.g. between 1/50 and 1/8 of a second (depending on the light and the speed of the subject) allows you to capture movement.  In this case, I PANNED with the subject.  This means that I followed the subject as it moved.  This technique can require a lot of practice to get repeatable results but you CAN just strike it lucky!

Camera blur
  • If you want to capture a sharp image, the combination of the focal length of your lens and the shutter speed is good to think about.  Look at the front of your camera’s lens and read the little white words on the lens.  It will usually tell you the focal length of the lens in millimetres (e.g. 12mm, 28mm, 35mm) and the maximum aperture of your lens in f (e.g. f2, f2.4, f3.5).  If you use a zoom lens, it will show you the focal range of the lens (e.g. 10-20mm, 18-35mm, 70-200mm)
  • A good “Rule of thumb” if you want sharp image is that your shutter speed should not be any slower than your focal length – for example if you are using a focal length of 20mm, you should use a shutter speed no slower than 1/20 of a second.  For a lens of 200mm, your shutter speed should be no slower than 1/200 of a second.