I’ve been experimenting with techniques I’ve not tried before – panning and night shots… with a twist.
Here’s my latest example of a panning shot. Technically, it’s not the best- the bus isn’t crisp but you get the idea that it’s a bus racing by.
Can you guess what these shots are?
Aside from being my new photography obsession, these are buildings.
There’s absolutely nothing to this technique. Find a building that has interesting lights on it. Slow the shutter speed and zoom in and out. Or ROTATE the camera from side to side or in a circular motion. There’s no right or wrong way – you’ll get different results with different movement.
The Dallas skyline is perfect for this sort of experiment.
Camera used: Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II)
Additional equipment: Tripod (helpful for night shots, though with the ‘artsy’ techniques used in this session, not absolutely required)
These techniques are so simple and obvious – but we’re often trained to keep everything steady and on a tripod – it certainly never occurred to me to zoom in and out with a slow shutter speed. That’s why it’s a good idea to enroll in a photography class at a local university in your area. You might pick up a few tips and techniques that will open up new reasons to take photos. That’s how I picked up these tips.