Panning is a great technique and like anything in life, easy if you know how! We look at panning techniques in the Creative Photography Intermediate course out in the field. I shoot a fair amount of cycling every year and am always looking for ways to spice the pictures up. This time of year there are some great colourful backgrounds to be found in fields.
You can use fast shutter speeds and freeze the motion but I’m not convinced that is the best look, it’s a bit boring and can make the cyclist look stationary. For a speedier look to your picture drop the shutter speed right down, this is a digital age and we can try all sorts of creative techniques and instantly see our settings and what was achieved.
All of these pictures are created in camera with a few tweaks to saturation and sharpening, nothing blurry was added
1/30th of a second, you can see the speed in the legs, wheels and background.
Everything that is moving at the same speed as the camera is sharp, everything that isn’t is blurry!
Even less in focus here, just enough to make it count.
The face is plenty sharp enough!