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Help With This Panning Shot  
User currently offlineFlamedude707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 235 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4585 times:

I recently took this panning shot and needed someone to shed some light on it.
First, I allready know the quality is terrible, but that is because it is a scanned print that i did in a few minutes. No where up to A.net standards but that's besides the point. My question is, why did the whole shot come out blurry, instead of everything but the plane. It was shot at 1/30 while the plane was on take-off roll about halfway down the runway. Shoud it have been shot at a faster shutterspeed like 1/60 or 1/80?

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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5896 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4573 times:
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Panning is a skill not all that easily mastered. It takes time and practise.
Looking at your shot much of the movement is diagonal, you need to practise moving in exactly the same direction as your subject.
An idea might be to practise on something closer like cyclists at a nearby bike track or cars passing in the street, though these days some discretion may be smart.

Planes are tough to get panning shots of because they don't move all that fast from a photographic point of view.

And yes try at slightly higher shutterspeeds until you get more skilled.

Javier(Javabi), one of the better exponents of panning here on A.net will likely be the first to admit he has not "mastered" the art.

Cheers and keep trying


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User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4573 times:

Hi Ashwin,

panning is quite difficult as you might know. You have to keep your hands very steady and move your camera with the aircraft. It takes a lot of practice. I believe there was a thread a while ago by the master of panning himself, Javier Guerrero, which offered some tips on panning. I have only been able to upload pictures with shutter speed no less then 1/60th. You should definitely start with higher shutter speed and then gradually drop it as you get better.


User currently offlineGlobalpics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4570 times:

Hi Ashwin,
When shooting at a particularly low shutter speed like 1/30th of a second it becomes very difficult to stay 'in motion' or pann with the aircraft. You have to keep the aircraft as if it were motionless in the viewfinder when panning and this is really difficult to achive at low shutterspeeds. Try taking a parked aircraft a 1/30 and see how hard it is to get it perfect and sharp, then add the difficulties of an aircraft moving at speed for take off to the mix an you will quickly find that there is an art to getting it right.My advise is first try at 1/125 or 1/100 and when you find your getting good sharp aircraft try dropping down to 1/60 an so on. A further hint is to make sure the aircraft is dead side on (or close to it) as possible when you press the shutter and this will stop you getting a blurry nose or tail area.Hope this helps  Smile and makes sense!!!

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