Depth and Motion


by Maria Barbosa

by Maria Barbosa

Depth & Motion

Motion… it shows action, urgency, excitement and time. Everything not fixed is movable, cars, people, stars, wind. You can create more interesting photos by using techniques to show motion, action and time in your image. Although many photographers capture motion simply to convey movement, it can also communicate mood.

How do you do it? Shutter Speed. Create a single frozen moment or blur movement over time by controlling the time it takes to capture an image. You can use motion blur to eliminate elements that distract the viewer. If you want to capture a person standing on a corner as cars move behind him, blurring everything but your primary subject, you will eliminate distractions and focus the viewer’s attention.

There are three ways to do this assignment:

  • Capturing a MOMENT: Freeze an action using a fast shutter speed.
  • Capturing TIME: Blur motion by using a slow shutter speed capturing a sequence of time.
  • Capturing MOVEMENT: Follow motion, keeping the subject in focus while blurring the background.

There must be SOMETHING in focus in your shot, either the background or the subject.

Skills with Shutter Speed. Using contrast to focus on your subject, or creating rhythm or purpose within the movement. Proper composition rules.

Upload your Photo

YOUR PHOTOS MUST HAVE YOUR NAME AND COPYRIGHT EMBEDDED FOR CREDIT. Embed your info with your Metadata Preset in the Import Dialog Box in Lightroom when importing your photos. After you upload your photo, turn in your PDF Contact Sheet to the Hand-in Folder BEFORE DUE DATE to receive a grade. Grades are not issued without a contact sheet.


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