how to capture motion blur pics.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011



want to know how to get cool motion blur pics on your DSLR?

1. put your camera in TV mode, or shutter priority mode.
2. your camera will need to be perfectly still for a clear shot. use a tripod or set your camera on a stable surface. i set mine on a restaurant table to shoot the top pic.
3. choose a slow shutter speed. try 1 second, 5 seconds, or 30 seconds depending on the light. again, you can't stand perfectly still for 30 seconds so be sure to stabilize you camera.
4. the shutter speed you use will depend on your lighting situation. if you are shooting in TV mode, your camera will do everything for you, though you may still end up with overexposed photos. a slow shutter speed lets in light for a longer period of time. if you are trying to shoot a motion pic in the bright sun, it will probably be overexposed.
4. the solution? stick with motion blur pics in low light situations (sundown, shade, nighttime). those look the coolest anyway!

ps: i'm toying with the idea of doing more photography tutorials on the blog. would this be helpful to you? do you care?

36 comments:

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

Yes, more tutorials please!

We have a tripod and never use it. We really should experiment with motion blur pictures.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Love it!

Turbo said...

Nice work! Another solution to overexposing in TV mode is to drop the ISO to 50 (or as low as your cam allows). Images will also turn out very buttery with low ISO.

rebecca said...

thanks jake! learned something new.

alexandrasnyder6 said...

yes, this would be helpful! and yes, i do care! i really like reading your blog and am quite jealous that you get to live in my very favorite city :)

Vanessa said...

I care! I'd love to see some photo tutorials here, I need all the help I can get. I'm trying to teach myself more and more.

Alex said...

Yes please!! I have an SLR that I'm still learning how to use, so they would be quite helpful.

HazelandMare said...

Yes, tutorials rock! That would be awesome. I really like the photos you took and I'm excited to learn more. I am a photography newbie but it is fun to experiment :)

rebecca said...

great. thanks for the feedback guys.

pam said...

I like the idea! I think little bits of learning are great - and real world things too! I have been taking photography lessons lately so this will be a nice addition to my learning. wohoo!

thanks for answering my question yesterday.

Katie said...

I've always wondered how to do this! Thanks! :)

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beka said...

awesome! definitely do more tutorials. i'm trying to figure out cool thing to do with my nikon. hehe. :)

Erika Lee Sears said...

Yes please :)

la domestique said...

Yay for photo tutorials! I like it short and sweet like you've done here. :)

lizzie said...

i, for one, would love that.

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Cool, bookmarking it! And yes, more tutorials would be lovely ;)

Style, She Wrote said...

Cool tutorial! I've always wanted to do this. xo style, she wrote

larissa said...

I took one of these on accident then adjusted my settings and could never get it again. So, thanks! So glad I can now know how to actually do it. =] I think camera lessons would be super! I'm a new DSLR owner and I have no idea what the heck I'm doing.

Kim said...

Love the tip! I am just learning how to use a "real" camera, so this post is awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Naomi Bulger said...

Yes please, definitely more tutorials! :-)

BigAppleNosh said...

Love this! Can't wait to try it.

Diane Writes said...

Hello Rebecca! Thank you for visiting and the comment you left in my blog. It always makes me happy whenever new people visit me. :) I love your blog and I am back reading your posts. I hope we could develop a connection by following each others blogs. That would make me happier. :D Have a great day!

linds.eliz said...

yes, i care, but i don't know that my lame camera even has that function :(

Mo said...

How COOL. Yes, I totally love tutorials! Thank you for sharing this one.

Kelly said...

Very cool. I still have no idea how to use me SLR.

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

These are awesome! I'd LOVE more tutorials. You take sweet photos, and I'm a beginner :D

naomemandeflores said...

I love this! Please, do continue with these amazing tips and tutorials!


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Robin said...

I care! I would love photo tips in addition to updates on the no bra movement :)

Molly said...

yes, please. you make it easy to understand.

sherri lynn said...

This is a super helpful post! I'm still learning how to use my camera and you explained this really well! Thanks!

HD-Flexo said...

really cool - like yout style!

Charity said...

yes please, would love some tutorials!

kitchu said...

these are great. can't you compensate for light by changing your ISO? it's been awhile since i've fooled around with TV mode or a digital camera.

rebecca said...

kitchu-
yes, a point i forgot to mention. playing around with the ISO should help with this. jake commented earlier that a low ISO helps with overexposed pics. he knows his stuff much better than i do.

The Franglaise said...

Hi Rebecca, I'm new here but I would love it if you started some photography tutorials as I feel I'm not improving my photography at the moment and would love to learn more. A bientot!

forward [e]motion said...

hey rebecca, have just stumbled across your blog - love it! i got lost going back and back in blog-time, looking through your old posts. that is one cute dog, and i love your sense of humour.

and hurrah for more photography tutorials! i'm definitely keen to learn more, so keep 'em coming, i say!

bel. x

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