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Photographer's tip: How to shoot photos of movement

Here the photographer uses a slow shutter while panning with a rollergirl as she flies around the track during a roller derby.

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Here is the tip for this week's Photo Desk assignment.

Movement can be a tricky thing to capture in a photograph. Do you use a slow shutter speed to add some blur? What about panning with the subject? Here are some tips on how to capture motion.

  1. Using a slow shutter and staying stationary will cause anything that's moving in your frame to become blurry. This tells your viewer that the object is moving. Minimize camera shake by using a tripod or bracing yourself against something sturdy. You can also bring both your elbows into your chest to create your own tripod.
  2. Use a slow shutter speed and pan with your subject. This will cause the background to blur while your subject stays relatively sharp. This can have many different outcomes depending on how fast you pan and how much your subject is moving.
  3. Using a slow shutter speed while you move, like when shooting from a car, train, skateboard, etc. This will give the reader the feeling that they're moving with you.

This week's assignment: movement. Send us your best images, preferably shot this week, and submit it to our Flickr group. Non-Flickr users can use our uploader tool.

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