September 12, 2011

Girl on Swing, Bangladesh

Photograph by Maruf Hossain, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos With Tips From Photographer Catherine Karnow

This wonderful technique of panning lets us experience the heady rush the little girl feels on the ride. By slowing down the shutter and moving the camera at exactly the same speed as the girl's face, she stays sharp, while everything else is a blur. It’s a great way to show both motion and the feel of being in that motion. It’s essential in panning to keep one element sharp, and I think that element should be a face so the viewer can identify with the person having the experience.

Photo Tip: Try panning to show the experience of being in motion.

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