The theme of our  next monthly competition is Slow Shutter/Panning. This is a projected image competition. Entries should be uploaded to Picturk by 10th March.

Slow Shutter Speeds: Using a slow shutter speed allows you to let more light into the camera if it’s dark. Or if there is any movement in the image, that movement can be blurred for creative effect. Some examples of this can be seen below.

Light trails: Use a tripod and car lights as your light source.


Light painting: Use a torch to outline an object or draw a picture. Tripod needed.


Night photography: Use ambient/available light to do a low light scene. Tripod needed.


Astrophotography: Need a clear sky – no clouds, no moon, no (or very little) ambient light, knowledge of the Milky Way, good foreground interest and a tripod.


Creative camera blur: Panning – you pan (move) your camera along in time with the moving subject and end up getting a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background.


This gives the shot a feeling of movement and speed. It’s particularly useful in capturing any fast moving subject whether it be a racing car or a running pet.


You can pan “up” as well as sideways for verticals such as trees and buildings.



Motion blur: Or the camera can be stationary and the subjects move



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