Movement Blur makes for some interesting, arty, impressionist photos. It’s fun and a great way to practice using your camera controls creatively.
Thanks for the idea Becka Dixon ..
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come out of the woods with brown again what are we going to do well I want to talk to you about techniques of photography things that we do with cameras about controls and ways of using them and thinking about how they work I now I bang on about thinking but it is the most important thing you're the most important thing in all of your photos this was really clearly demonstrated to me when I came down to this very car park doing a one on one day with the lady called Becca Dixon and her mum they booked me for a one-on-one and we came out here Becca showed me a really cool little technique she thought of a way of putting together some camera controls and some body movements to make some really nice arty little things and that's what I've come down here to share with you so all I need is my trusty camera I'm using my XT one because I can shoot video through it really really easily I'm only using the bog standard lens there we go so let's go investigate yeah I know what you're thinking you're thinking but there's cars everywhere Brown you idiot well yeah that's true you can see those cars all through the car park there but that's a function of composition isn't it so what controls composition you do cameras do shutter speeds and apertures but composition isn't a camera control composition is controlled by arms and legs and hands and knees and things like that and go like this and moving around and there let's have a little look how do we do it so the shot I'm thinking of let's get my best video camera rocking and rolling in here so what we can do good little bit of video for you so though I'm thinking of a shot something like this and as you can see we've got a car in the car park over there haven't we so how do we lose it what's really simple isn't it we just move around look you see as I move to my right a bit there we go look the nasty car's gone I could even zoom the lens and eat see bit and that just makes a little pass through the trees look even nicer so that is going to be our composition kind of thing but we're going to do with it right so when you know those techniques of photography and you know what shutters do and shutters control movement and they you can start to put together ideas to how to use them so I want to give the feeling the emotion of sort of being in a little woodland Ewok and I like the light on these trees so what would we need to do to get movement into these trees because let's face it trees don't move about a lot do they we move the camera we don't move the tree well I call anyway so we'd need to use a slow shutter speed wouldn't we to induce movement that means I'm going to have to put on a low ISO let's have a little look and see what kind of a shutter speed I can get so let me start closing down my aperture I was on f4 we're now going down to f-22 I've got two point five I got a third of a second and I'm not altogether sure a third of a second is going to be slow enough we all we can do is try it you must try things out now I don't if you noticed a moment ago I just kind of move my hips I kind of went from here to here and that is because here I can see this is going to be blurry but you can see the car whereas if I move to here you can't look what a little tiny movement that is that's a composition control okay so let's see what we can do let's get back on subject right we got just about a half a second let's see what happens if we move the camera following the lines of the tree so we're going to start let's start at the top and come down and see okay where we got something a little bit blurry bits a bit messy and we missed the woodland walk the shutter speed was too fast so let's try moving a bit faster hmm that's not very good either it's try going the other way always try things out what will happen if we start at the bottom and move up let's make sure I've got my car in the shot start down here all the lights change we've got a slower shutter speed now okay well it's looking better but is still not getting it next you see I want to see more of those trees let's just see let's go a little bit more slowly oh that's a bit more interesting isn't it look you see how creative you can get just by thinking things so just playing about with those controls and using the first building block of photography you're awesomely brilliantly fabulously wonderful brain let's have another go at that now look what we're doing here is holding the shot at the beginning so I've got what a 1 second roughly nearly 1 second exposure it's about half a second what we're doing is we're holding the exposure for half of the time so maybe a quarter of a second to the exposure is down here with the trees and then the rest of the exposure is that movement so we've got frozen tree trunks followed by that I'm using my image stabilizing by the way I'm keeping that switched on because it might just help with some of the shaky shaky because there's a lot of shaky shaky going on here you know you don't usually do half to one second long exposures without a tripod 7 other go have to keep remembering to just go like that so we lose that awful blue car right one more let's just focus I got my tree in place and I like that one oh I do like that one so there you go it's just a little technique it's something for you to play with it's something to use your brilliant brain on some lit for you to go out and practice with okay the purist will say that's not a sharp picture well no it isn't but it's an artistic picture it's being creative and it's giving you a little bit of practice playing around with all those awesome camera controls so there we go I'm going to go off and do something else look so give me a nice day have a great time I'll see you next time take care guys bye subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified each time we upload one of our cool photography videos well for more great photo tips workshops and training come and see us at our website photography courses da pace