Creative Camera Movement Part 1

waterfall-1Blur, traditionally, is a pain for new photographers.  You think you have capture the dream image only to get home and find unwanted lines of blur than ruin the photograph.  But don’t forget that blur can be a creative tool that adds dramatic effects and emotion to an image.
The key to creating successful camera blur is to make sure it adds to the image and isn’t there for no particular reason, because then it will just look like an accident.  You have to look at what you are trying to photograph and decide if it’s worth including blur – some things may look odd with movements, some items just don’t suit it.

With digital we have the advantage of being able to see exactly what is being shot.  This means we can adjust our settings as we go, increasing the amount of blur or lessening it as well as working with the weather conditions.

The main things to consider is the shutter speed, the subject that is moving, the conditions you are dealing with (amount of light, if you are indoor or outdoor) and how you will keep the camera in place.
So what kind of subjects work well for motion blur?
Generally speaking its things which already move.  For example:
•    Birds
•    Wildlife
•    Pets
•    Water
•    Wind (or rather subjects being blown by wind)
•    Clouds
•    People
•    Cars
•    Boats
However, feel free to be creative and think of more objects that will work with blur.
You want to have something that is static in your image so that there is a contrast between the movement and the blurring. If everything in your image is moving, then the photograph can become a mush of indistinguishable lines that mean nothing.
It is also to choose something that is popular and can be recognised easily and turn it into something special.  A bird in flight, for example, becomes interesting, becomes an everyday thing that has become extraordinary.    Photograph the bird by a dark or static surface and you can get a dramatic overall shot.  Choose a shutter speed of around 1/15 and work with that – make it slower if the camera is struggling to capture enough movement.  You will need a decent shutter speed when photographing birds since they move quickly but his will depend on when you are shooting.
A tripod is a vital tool with movement images – once you have put a camera on a tripod, you can experiment by choosing a long shutter speed and capture the moving object without any disruptions or added blur.  Remember hat moving objects work best when contrasted with still, static objects.

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