Tips and Tricks for Motion Blur Photography


Motion and blur are two analogous terms that can be used to shoot amazing photographs. Wherever there is motion, there is blur.

I’m sure many times you may have noticed your image getting blurred when you try to click it. The only reason for that is, your subject is moving rapidly with respect to your background. That makes an image blur.

But today, we are going to tell you, how to use this weakness of the camera to shoot amazing photographs.

For instance, here are some examples:

Motion blur technique relies solely on how fast your subject is moving and how you’re handling that motion. Today’s digital cameras have an IS (Image Stabilizing) algorithm inside them that removes any kind of short  blurs caused due to camera shakes. However, there are different modes which you can set to get a perfect motion blur photograph. To be able to capture these kinds of amazing photographs, all you need to do is keep in mind the following tips and tricks.

Charge Your Reflexes

Motion blur photography is all about how quickly you capture a scene. You must always be alert to capture that moving subject before it’s lost.

Know Your Surroundings

Knowing and concentrating on your surroundings is another important aspect of motion blur photography. It’s the background that makes a photograph stand out from the rest.

Use Shutter Speed Priority Mode

Almost all the digital cameras have his mode. You should use this mode while capturing motion blurs as you have full control over the shutter speed of your camera in this mode. All the other things like aperture and ISO are automatically adjusted by the camera algorithm.

Following the Subject

Start tracking the subject before you press the shutter, and don’t stop until the photo has been taken. This will help in capturing sharp subjects.

Use Panning Image Stabilization

Digital cameras generally have two or three types of Image Stabilization modes. For motion blur photography, panning mode works the best.

Using Lower ISO

Set the ISO to the lowest possible setting. If you cannot prepare for a test shot then set it somewhere between 200 and 400.

Try To Keep Yourself Steady

Try to keep hold the camera tight. This will avoid some unwanted blur. A great tip this is to use the viewfinder instead of the LCD. By doing this your pivot will be far more accurate because the camera is following your eyes, not your arms

In the end, it’s practice that makes a man perfect. You may not get even a single satisfactory shot in your hundred tries. But if you don’t give up and keep practicing, you’ll surely be a pro at motion blur photography one day.

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  1. Egypt holidays June 26, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Great guidance.Many people don’t have any idea about this Motion blur photography.As far as I know we can see a sense of speed with the help of Motion blur.In almost every film and TV program there is a motion blur but we can not notice it.

  2. Rish June 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Exactly, and now you can create that motion blur yourself 🙂

  3. Aisha June 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

    brilliant. i will try this one. Love it. thank you very much for sharing your knowledge

  4. Paul August 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Is there any particular shutter speed we should set, or does it depend on the subject?

    1. Ayaz Malik August 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      It depends upon the subject, surroundings and most importantly, the available light around

  5. Alexander November 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    This is something that I’ve been wanting to try out. Did get some decent results by I put the shutter speed to high and then I had to go on the train that I was shooting so it had to end there.

    But I believe I got the shutter speed right, perhaps just a little faster. But the steadiness. Need to be able to keep still for long enough. That’s what made my first shoot that good as I put the camera down.

    I’ll probably try this again tomorrow!

  6. saikat bag August 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    very useful.

  7. Tamara October 4, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Do you ever use any filters on your camera when shooting motion blur? & if you do what do you use?

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