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| p.1 #18 · Examples Added: Panning Techniques? |
Some bike criterium pans...and my suggested tips below...
original thread: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1047217/0
1/60, 11, ISO200
1/60, 16, ISO200
Original thread: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1047890/0
1/60, 8, ISO200
1/60, 8, ISO200
For panning technique, I faced 11 o'clock (where I optimally wanted the rider positioned), and turned to my right about 1 or 2 o'clock to face the riders as they came down the hill and into the turn.
2. I moved my focus point up 2 and over 2 off center, so basically it was not the center point. This gave me some leading space in the frame. It might have come at the tradeoff of AF performance.
3. I would acquire a rider (I was drawn to the brighter jerseys) as they started to enter my field of vision at about the 3 o'clock to 2 o'clock position, placed my focus pt on their head and began to track them.
4. Panned smoothly as I could, try to keep the camera plane level, as if it's on a tripod/tabletop. Wasn't always successful...(was handheld). By facing straight to '11', the torsion of your boyd as it unwinds is in your favor, vs. fighting it (e.g. if you faced 2 or 3 o'clock and turned w/ the riders.
5. Keep panning/shooting after they go past your 12 o'clock, sometimes to 10 o'clock. Part of the reason for a lot of discards.
6. I shot shutter priority, 1/60 or 1/125. 1/80 might have been a better compromise. Lot depends on how steady you are, and, how much background blur you want.