Weekly Plus Post for the Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers
with +Alex Lapidus
This week was about panning, a technique that I've tried a bit before but was never truly happy with. Although I loved the motion I would get, I was never satisfied with the sharpness of the subject. In a lot of the photos I had seen, the subject was sharply defined while the background was one big blur. I wasn't able to get that.
I spent two separate days working on panning and having the same trouble as always. So, I followed the advice in this video (shared by one of the generous program moderators - +Rosie Nixon
and it helped. But something still wasn't right and I was finally able to determine that I was moving the camera too fast -- I was moving ahead of my subject and causing it to blur out as well.
I also played with some of the focus setting on my 5D MIII and while the jury is out on whether that helped or not, I can't help but think it did a little bit. I was able to change the priority on the 1st ai servo image to the release rather than perfect focus which kept the burst at a true 6fps and felt snappier. If you want to really get into the weeds, here is an interesting article that I found when I was thinking about some of the comments that +Richard Ball
(another great program moderator) made: http://www.grantatkinson.com/blog/making-the-most-of-canons-new-autofocus-5dmk3-and-1dx
Anyway, it was a very productive week and I do feel like I've got a much better handle on this great technique so thanks for focusing my play this week! I'm always happy to go back to basics and really attempt to master technique - even when I feel like I know what I'm doing, there is always something to learn. Mikhail Baryshnikov (the famous ABT dancer/soviet defector) once said if you can't work up a sweat in a beginner's ballet class then you're doing it wrong. ; )