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‘Zoom Blur’ is a Fun Technique to Get Stunning Images

Posted on: June 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

The ‘zoom blur’ is a slow shutter technique thats a lot of fun and given impressive results once you get the hang of it. Photoshop offers this function as a post production tool, but theres really nothing like getting it right in-camera.

So, as you can see from the image with this article, the zoom blur technique isolates and highlights a certain area of the photograph (in the center of the image). To shoot such images, select a slow shutter speed of 1/15 or 1/10, zoom right into the subject to compose and focus, and fire the shutter just as you are zooming out from the tele end to the wide angle end of your lens! It takes a bit of practice, but once you get this right, you will open up your techniques to a whole new level.
Now, this technique usually works well for stationary subjects, and understandably so. You are already working with a slow shutter and a moving lens barrel…a moving subject would only complicate things further, right? To photograph the image accompanying this article, the zoom blur technique was used as described above…however, since the subject was NOT stationary, a flash was ALSO fired to give some ‘frozen motion’ to the subject. Give it a shot with your flash setting switched to ‘front curtain’…