How to capture motion blur


Creating motion blur is naturally a challenge if your subject isn’t actually moving. However, you can create an interesting motion blur effect by using any zoom lens. Taken on a Canon EF 17 – 40mm f/4L USM at 1/4 sec, f/14 and ISO200.

Select Tv shooting mode with any DLSR or mirrorless camera and aim for a shutter speed of around 1 to 4 seconds. Zoom in and autofocus with a light press on the shutter button. Next, fully press the shutter button to begin the exposure, and about halfway through, start zooming out using the lens’ zoom ring. Aim to complete the change in zoom setting at the same time as the exposure finishes. Alternatively, you can start with the lens zoomed out, and zoom in during the exposure.

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