Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding focus while panning, part of Learning Photography: Autofocus.
- So I've got this car set up,…I'm going to use that as a prop.…Of course, I'm not really aiming to take a picture…of a little wooden car going across the desk here,…but this gives us a really good example…under controlled conditions of how we need…to configure our camera, things we need to pay attention to…when we're panning with a subject.…To begin with, I want a relatively slow shutter speed.…How slow?…Well, that all depends on how much blur you want…and how fast the subject is moving across the frame.…You'll want to also bear in mind…that the longer the exposure time,…the longer you need to be very precise…when following the subjects.…
So that's something to consider.…I usually try to use the fastest shutter speed…that I can get away with, while still rendering…the background with a little bit of motion blur.…In this case, I'm using a car that will be moving…from my left to my right.…And so I want to give a little bit of room…in front of the car within the frame…and that means that I'll want to set my focus point…
Photographer and educator Tim Grey explores these questions and more in this exploration of focus and autofocus. And because sharpness isn't everything, Tim also details scenarios where blur can have more impact.
- What is focus?
- Calculating depth of field
- Looking at focus limitations
- Employing autofocus one shot vs. continuous
- Using manual focus
- Setting and choosing focus points
- Controlling depth of field
- Using intentional blur and bokeh
- Finding focus while panning