Using Motion Blur in photography:

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This type of photography can be one the most exciting things you can do to add to your portfolio of photos. Doing Creative photography with the use of a slow shutter speed and something moving. Normally you think that when you use a slow shutter speed, you will generally get a blurry picture. But what if you can capture motion and have your main subject sharp? Let’s take a look at several ideas of how this works:

Panning your subject:

photo of man riding red motor scooter

This photo here is a simple photo taken by panning your subject, say at a shutter speed of 1 second, or in this case, because the subject is moving so fast, you could even do this type of photo at 1/2 second. And what you do is to first get a good light meter reading of the area. Using the shutter speed at 1/2 Second, then adjust your aperture to get the right light meter reading. Next step is to pre-focus at the area your subject will be and then that point will be the place you snap the photo. And then have your subject drive down the road in front of where you are standing, and just as they get to your focus point, snap the photo. What you will get is this type of photo. It looks amazing. It really looks like they are driving fast. It’s a great way to show motion.

Photo by kwan fung on Unsplash

Other great options:

There are two other options of how to use blur in your photos. I found this great YouTube video posted that explains better than me. Watch this video to learn more great ways:

Moving with your subject:

Motion blurring your background:

USNEA LEBENDIG produced this You Tube video

Rear curtain sync or 2nd curtain flash photography:

Here is one more that is just an incredible way to do “blur motion” photography. This is using flash in a studio, and of course, this is all controlled lighting. Now there is a mode on your camera flash that says it will fire at “Rear Curtain” sync. And what that means is: You can use a slow shutter speed with light on the subject, and because you use a slow motion the subject if blurred, and then just before your camera shutter closes, it will fire the flash. This is called Rear Curtain Flash photography. Here is one great example:

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Aren’t these photos amazing? Now to learn how to do it, here is another You Tube Video that shows how to do this:

You Tube Video provided by Karl Taylor


These projects mentioned above are not just limited to professional photographers who have a lot of expensive equipment. If you think about it, this is not hard to create this yourself. Think about how you can do this with the equipment you have. It will be fun to try these techniques.

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