Creating Motion in Still Photography

On this Adorama video photographer and director Corey Rich demonstrates how to create a motion effect while shooting a pro bike rider.

When you are shooting moving subjects and want to create the feeling of movement you can’t shoot with a fast shutter speed otherwise you will freeze the motion and loose the  feel of movement. Rich suggest going down to about 1/40 second (this might be different depending on what exactly you are shooting) and closing the aperture (g/8, f/11 or even f/16). The final thing is tracking the object you are shooting in a motion that is directly in parallel and shooting a fast sequence.

There is a big chance that you will have to repeat that time and time (and time) again before you get a good shot – panning requires lots and lots of practice.

Bonus video: Kevin Winzeler 2010 video on Panning your camera: Action and Sports Photography


You can find  many more helpful photography tips and techniques 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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