Panning Photography

Heard of Panning Photography?

It's a really cool way to capture a moving object while blurring the surroundings.

I've determined that the human hand can generally hold a camera without blurriness at 1/60th sec shutter speed, any longer (1/50th, 1/30th) and you start to get blurriness anyway.  But using these speeds, you can 'track' an object, such as the train and car below, and press the shutter button whilst moving 'panning' with them. It usually takes a few tries, but you can see, the effect it pretty great. No Photoshop required!

You can read more about panning and get online tutorials about the technique.

Vancouver SkyTrain Panning Shot
Vancouver SkyTrain Panning Shot

Panning Shot of a Car
Panning Shot of a Car