Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

This class was the last before the Easter break, so we kind of caught up on a lot of things.  We disussed mirror lock which apparently is a function that helps with the ‘cleaning’ of the camera, or so I think.  If the camera is set to mirror lock when you take a photograph it can cause a slight jump with the movement which would be noticeable for instance on a 2-3 sec ss.

For our ‘project’ to pass at the end of the course, apart from many other things, we are to make a small portfolio of five photographs, which must related to Natural/Man made and somehow all link in with each and should include things such as composition, patterns, lines etc and apparently mistakes are fine too!  My challenge is the fact it’s only five photographs I always find choosing the problem.

Panning

The new technique we covered this week was panning.  Panning gives a sense of movement in the photograph, whilst keeping the subject matter that is moving sharp in focus with the background blurry (not sure if that is the right word to use), kind of streaky in the background, much like those cartoons where you draw lines behind the moving cartoon character to depict movement or speed of some kind.

So the variables in this type of technique are:

  • Speed of the object
  • Distance from yourself to the object
  • Direction that the object is going

We went out to do a little practice which I will post below.  It was rather fun as we ‘all’ stood at the side of the road photographing moving traffic, so if you will imagine 15 plus students all photographing in one place, the people in the cars were in wonderment at what we were doing, hopefully not unnerved!

We set out camera to  have the following:

  • Shutter Speed 1/15
  • ISO 100
  • Adjust F value

Distance

If you are closer to the object it appears to be faster, further away it appears to be slower.

Direction

The direction needs to be parallel.

You focus on the area infront where you estimate you will take the photo, then find the moving object, follow the camera along with the moving object as steadily as you can and at the same speed (you can use continuous shooting but apparently does not work as well).  When the object is right infront of you, you can then take the shot, however you continue following with the camera as it passes by otherwise you  will get the moving object out of focus and not sharp.

Shutter Speed

The faster the object is moving the faster the shutter speed

Manual Focus

If your blur is not blurred enough behind the moving object then slow down the shutter speed.

Here are some examples of my shots as our homework over the Easter is to work on our project and anything else we have covered over the last few weeks.

Panning Shots

So here we all are, well some of us generally having a good time before we start to victimize the public.

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

f/22 1/15 sec ISO 100 18mm

This one, a complete disaster, I get it the opposite way around, clear background and fuzzy vehicle, duh!

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

Could it get worse?

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f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

Bingo, yay finally got it right and I tell you it took a few attempts

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

So now I get cocky and think it will work with a cyclist, and bingo, it did.  I even tried a pram walker and aeroplane, suffice to say those didn’t work!  Not for me anyway.

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

More vans!

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

I rather like this one

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

A black van, let’s jig it up a bit…

DSC_0164

f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

Another van, the man looks rather shocked!  Poor chap

Photography NCFE Level 1 Class 9, Panning

f/29 1/15 sec ISO 100 32mm

So there we go end of my panning session for now.  I went on holiday to Devon for a week and tried to catch up on techniques which involved a lot of mishaps, perhaps to be posted another time.

If you wish to catch up on the other classes I have been to, please click here:  Photography NCFE Level 1

Until then, Happy Easter, Justine xxx

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