This week’s composition focus was a technique called panning. Panning requires the photographer to focus on a subject in motion, following the moving subject with the camera. The motion of the camera produces a blurred background while keeping the subject in focus. To produce these images, my class and I went to Retiro Park to capture bikers, rollerbladers, runners, and cars. Though it was a cloudy day and unusually quiet, we were still able to try our new technique.
To achieve a panning photo, we altered our shutter speeds to find which captured the clearest images. With a range from 1 second to 1/60 of a second, we found that the best panning photos were taken at around 1/15 of a second. We also realized that this technique is more effective when using fast-moving subjects. Though not your everyday photo composition strategy, panning can be used to capture an event in a creative way.
Below are some of my panning shots at differing shutter speeds, varying in clarity.