The faster your subject, the easier it is to hand -pan because it allows the shooter to easily perform a smooth panning action. A race car at 120mph is much easier shot to perfect because:

  1. It is fast
  2. Everything in the subjected is moving in the same direction

A cyclist is much more challenging because:

  1. It is only 20mph
  2. The cyclist has both vertical and horizontal motion  (anything vertical will blur out)

For this shot, I set the shutter speed to 1/40th  to create a high degree of blur and I stood closer to the cyclist to increase the speed of the pan. I picked the face as the focal point and just hoped that there would be no head movement…sometimes you need a little luck.

This is a nice example of a panning shot! (My favorite photography technique)


Panning Photography Example Cycling

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George Ross

A full-service photographer, George Ross specializes in wedding photography, product photography, website photography, sports and portrait photography. Located in Richmond, Rhode Island, George travels and shoots wherever his clients need him. Call 401.284.6106

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