Mini Professional Photography Course: Catching a Moving Subject

Looking for a fresher photography course? Read our small mini photography course about how to best catch a moving subject when trying to photograph!

Materials Needed to Complete Course:

  • Pen and paper
  • Camera
  • A moving subject

Step 1 - Overview on Capturing a Moving Subject

To capture a moving object in a photograph without it appearing blurry requires practice and skill in photography. Sometimes the beginner gets lucky, but overall it requires knowledge of shutter speed and the ability to focus. First, you have to understand shutter speed. 

Step 2 - Adjust your Shutter Speed

To capture a moving object you have to slow down your shutter speed.  The reason photos appear blurry is caused by the amount of time the shutter is open. The length of time the shutter is open must allow the camera's image sensor to pick up the movement of your subject.  So you have to select a longer length of time with the shutter speed to allow the camera's image sensor to capture the movement. If your shutter speed is set as fast as 1/500 of a second, the camera's sensor is not going to catch very much movement. Whereas if you select a slower shutter speed such as 1/5 of a second, the camera's sensor can capture the movement.

Step 3 - Be Creative

The key in using a slower shutter speed is that anything that moves in the scene will blur, so it's up to you to be creative about how you use the movement in the picture. There are no set rules in photography, so you need to know what effect you want in the photo you're taking and experiment how you're going to achieve the effect successfully. You can keep the main subject in focus, but use a slow shutter speed to blur the background. 

Step 4 - Know Your Subject

The speed of your subject is a key role as to the shutter speed you select.  For example, a moving car and a moving child will result in very different pictures with the same shutter speed. Another factor that come into play to determine the shutter speed is how much light there is. The slower the shutter speed is, the more light that will be let into your camera's image sensor.  If the light is very bright, and you have a slow shutter speed on, you run the risk of overexposing the picture.

Step 5 - Have Fun

Chasing your subject around can be quite a lot of fun. Enjoy the experience and you will come up with some fantastic and wonderful work. Your photography experience is not complete without knowing the joys you obtain from trying to capture the right photo opportunity or picture of your moving subject.

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