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Panning

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by azngigolo64, May 5, 2012.

  1. azngigolo64

    azngigolo64 Mu-43 Regular

    35
    Jan 16, 2012
    I mostly shoot with a G3 + FD 50 1.4 SSC.

    I am trying to learn how to pan with this setup but I am finding it very difficult to blur the background while keeping the subject in sharp focus.

    Does anyone has any tips on panning?
    Should I be using a tripod/monopod?
    For a 50mm lens, is there a particular shutter speed that I need to use?
    When you pan, do you rotate the camera or do you move it parallel with the motion of the subject?
    Is there something that I can practice with in a controlled setup until I get better at it?

    Any tips and comments are greatly appreciated! Thanks.
     
  2. captevo

    captevo Mu-43 Regular

    179
    Mar 14, 2012
    this is how i practice panning...
    shutter: depends on how fast the object is moving. but i usually starts with 1/30.
    follow thru to get blurry background
    To get object in focus, you must follow thru...
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    20120325-_1020181.jpg by baukeh, on Flickr

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    There're more on my flickr if you're interested.
    You don't need tripod or monopod.
    Practice following thru, and try to stay parallel with the object.
    I took these with GF2, so you don't need speedy AF either.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Either a tripod with ballhead or a monopod will make panning much easier, but it is not always necessary if you've got steady hands. Shoot shutter priority, speed depends on the subject but I've found 1/60 to 1/15 get good shots. (At 1/15 you definitely need support.) Try and find practice subjects that are not changing distance from you, so that you can prefocus and take the shot when it arrives.

    You'll rotate with the subject.
    I just stand at the side of a reasonably busy road and take shots over and over and over. What I do is I follow the car ahead of the shot in order to establish the panning speed, then take the shot when it hits the focal point. It's critical that pressing the shutter button does not interfere with the panning motion at all. Start by panning with the subject but don't take photos. Use one of the composition guides and keep a particular point on the car dead on the guide.

    This is 1/60 of a second on a monopod, following a Volvo doing probably about 30 mph. EXIF says 25mm; I was not very far away at all.
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  4. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    338
    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    keep your elbows tucked in, square your feet off with the center of the arc of your body, get in as steady of a stance as you can, and then rotate your whole torso to track your subject. Shutter speed at 1/60 to start.
     
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  5. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    You probably could have done just as well by doing held held panning without the use of a monopod. I used to do the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, NY in the 70's, only a handful of photographers used a monopod. The nice thing about using a monopod for this type of panning, is if you're shooting for hours on end, the monopod carries the weight of your rig.
     
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