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Photographs With Motion
How to Take a
Still Photograph With A Motion Object
Still photographs are fairly easy to take since you have an
object or a scene, you point at it, and snap the photo of it. It
doesn't move, so you can take countless pictures and one is bound
to come out, right? But what about photos that have still elements
and motion elements? It is possible to take a still shot and have
an element of motion involved. Here is how:
- You need a scene a streetscape is usually great, since the
environment (e.g. the buildings and roads) don't move, but
cars and people do.
- You need to keep the scene in focus, but have the motion
- Focus your camera on the scene and ignore the moving
object for now. Once you have a nice frame and composition,
- As a car approaches into the viewfinder, begin to snap the
- Make sure you have a long exposure to allow the light to
blur the motion in your camera.
- Long exposure is critical, however any shaking of the
camera will blur the entire photo, or worst put, it all out
of focus. To counter this use a tripod or use the auto-timer
of your camera.
- These types of shots are particularly cool at night,
however, they easily go out of focus. Make sure you set your
camera to have the right amount of exposure and your camera
is dead still.
- Sports, highways, trains, cars and any human movement are
great motion shots.
- Because of the motion and the uniqueness of the object
moving, these types of photos are one of a kind shots. Thus
you probably can't replicated your shot. At best you can
imitate it by trying the same set up at the same time and
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