Edelkrone has launched SurfaceONE, their new 2-axis motion control system. It allows you to easily get straight, curved (targeted) and panning shots, and shoot timelapse with any of these modes. You control the motion, intervals and more through your smartphone, and the company says it’s “the world’s smartest 2-axis motion control system.”
The usual advice is to keep the camera as steady as possible when we attempt to make a photograph. But sometimes adding movement can create great and interesting effects. One such technique for that is to pan with your subject. Whether you shoot action photography or not, learning to pan with your subject is a valuable skill to learn. It can make your shots feel very dynamic and exciting.
This video from YouTuber Josh Katz offers an introduction to panning photography in plain English. It’s aimed at those just starting to try panning photography for the first time. He even includes some suggestions for shooting them with your iPhone. But the video also includes some great tips to help troubleshoot your shots if you’ve already given it a try.
The folks over at DPReview have got their hands on a 5D Mark IV. One of the tests they’ve performed with respect to video is how well it handles movement. Rolling shutter artifacts are just a fact of life with CMOS sensors. These types of sensor capture a scene line by line. They do it very quickly, although not quickly enough to prevent things from appearing to lean or just looking plain weird.
CMOS sensors have improved on the rolling shutter issues over the last few years. Canon’s new 5D Mark IV, however, doesn’t really seem to be that great at all. It’s certainly not as good as many were hoping for, especially if shooting 4K.
One of the more interesting photo techniques used in sports and racing photography is panning. Not only does it provide context to the speed and motion involved, it also isolates the subject matter, making for an interesting composition.
The concept seems simple, but as many years of shooting has taught me, it’s anything but. To help anyone wanting to get started with the panning technique, The Fuji Guys have shared a helpful tutorial on how to best approach the panning technique when trackside. [Read more…]
Panning is a photographic technique that provides great separation of subject from background.
The technique is very simple in theory, but takes some practice to perfect.
Here is how it works, you set your camera to a relatively low shutter speed. Say 1/80 or 1/40 of a second. Next you find a subject that is moving from one side of the frame to the other. Here comes the tricky part. While keeping the subject in a fixed part of the frame (and you do that by panning the lens from side to side) click the shutter.
If you did every thing correctly, you’ll end up with a sharp subject and blurred background. This technique takes a lot of practice with the following focus:
- Finding the exact correct moment to click the shutter is not always trivial.
- You’ll need to avoid any vertical movement – this will create blur in the subject as well.
- You’ll have to be in precise sync with the moving speed of your subject, to keep it sharp while blurring the background.
This is why DIYP labs developed several techniques to get panning pictures without ever moving your camera.