How to Create the Cool Pop & Blur Effect

The Pop & Blur is an old technique that go back to the old film days. On this video Daniel Norton from Adorama demonstrates how to use this effect in the studio.

The pop & blur (which is known by all sort of different names) is actually really simple to perform – using a flash you freeze the object you are shooting while you move and rotate he camera or zoom it (if you use a zoom lens). You can use either first or rear curtain on your flash (see video below on that). You can see how Norton plays with the camera and his subject during the shoot.

To make things more interesting Norton uses some background colors and he also moves his model around – this is a very creative sort of photography and you can do very cool things pretty easily.

Bonus video: Mark Wallace talks about first curtian sync and rear curtain sync and how they work on Canon and Nikon cameras


You can check out many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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