This week the challenge is movement. It’s a technical challenge, so I’ll tell you how to do it, and then you can decide what to do
One of the best ways of capturing movement in a still picture is to use motion blur - using a long exposure to record a moving object and cause it to blur. This picture shows the sort of effect we’re aiming for:
If you have a DSLR, set the mode dial to Tv and use the control wheel to adjust the shutter speed. Depending on your conditions, experiment with shutter speeds from 1/15 all the way up to several seconds.
If you have a compact, you might not have a mode dial. Instead look in your menus for something like night mode or fireworks mode. This usually causes the shutter to stay open longer.
If you have a smartphone, the standard camera can’t do long exposures but there are apps that can. On iPhone, there is an app called LongExpo. There are probably apps for Android and Windows phones too.
- A tripod is always helpful when doing long exposures. If you don’t have one, rest your camera on a wall, car or other hard surface.
- Consider using the self-timer so you don’t bump the camera when you press the button.
- Long exposures are easiest in low light situations, so try shooting in the evening. In daylight, a long exposure will probably overexpose your photo.
- An ND filter will limit the amount of light entering the camera and allow you to shoot in daylight. If you don’t have one, you can improvise with a pair of sunglasses held over the lens!
I’ve explained the “how” – now I want you to go out and discover the “what”. Search for movement in unlikely places and use one of the techniques above. As usual, there is loads of information on the internet and this guide about how to capture motion blur does a good job of explaining it. Just comment on this article if you have any questions.
Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 15th October. Good luck!