Using slow shutter speeds to create movement

by Andrew Smith September 02, 2017

Using slow shutter speeds to create movement

A great way to add motion blur to an image is by using slow shutter speeds. To be honest it can be a bit tricky - but when you get it right there are some subtle and seductive qualities that are hard to beat. As humans we are designed to always be moving, whether it's a twitch or a flat out sprint our bodies never stop. Shooting with movement definitely adds interest and can help describe the scene far more that a razor sharp ever could. There's a few tips that seem to work for me:

  1. Typically anything under 1/30th sec will start to add movement
  2. Anything under 1/30th sec will typically require a tripod.
  3. Look for scenes that have isolated movement, images look better when there is a combination of blurred movement and sharp elements
  4. Try moving the camera and subject slowly in sync for a sharp subject and slightly streaked background
  5. Try moving the camera and subject rapidly in sync for a sharp subject and very streaked background

How to create movement with slow shutter speedsHow to adjust camera settings

 




Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

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I am a Creative Director living and working in New Zealand, I have a special interest in travel and landscape photography, I also produce presets for Adobe Lightroom.



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