A&P someone teach me about panning (cars)

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  1. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    I was messing around today trying to work on my panning skills.

    I've never tried it before today, but I didn't have very good results.

    I kept getting the front of the car in focus and pretty sharp (where my focus point was) but the middle and back were OOF and blurred.

    Any tips, exif should be intact.

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    ThexToddster New Member

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    Try 125 or 250 depending on how fast the subject is moving...

    also, turn on your IS to Mode 2 :mamoru:
     
  3. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    what is IS :ugh:

    nikon bro.

    i thought you were supposed to go the inverse of the cars speed :hs:

    they were going 40 so i was shooting 1/40th :rofl:
     
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    ThexToddster New Member

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    :rofl:

    try what I said, minus the IS, and try to get the cars going parallel to you.

    Something like this ( I know it's not a car, but whatever)

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    brasheye Rotary Crew

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    Tuck your elbows into your chest, rotate at the hips and fire many frames, chimp and pick the winner.
     
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  8. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    they have to be in front of you or close to in front of you. the way you have your shots aligned the focal plane is never going to get the whole car unless you are shooting at a very high aperture.
     
  9. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    thanks, i was shooting at like F/8 or 9 i think

    I'll have to try bumping it up to like F/16-20 next time

    I noticed that shooting when the car was parallel they came out much better (notice the big truck is mostly in focus)

    thanks for the tips.

    is there a rule of thumb for shutter speed?
     
  10. DeepRun™

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    IS=Image Stabilization since nobody answered.

    I think Nikon calls it VR (vibration reduction).
     
  11. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    nope but i would try 1/250th at first until you get the hang of it and then start getting slower.
     
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    Hyperite Vagina Junction OT Supporter

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    :rofl: i'm sure people were like :ugh: at you panning left and right and left and right at their cars

    that said, I suck at it too :hs:
     
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    Much better than I've ever been able to do :hs:
     
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    Exactly. You're shooting what amounts to a 3/4 view instead of a full on side view. Also, panning works best on vehicles that are going much faster because you can use a faster shutter speed to freeze the vehicle while still getting the background blur you're looking for.
     
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    also, using a long lens, and shooting cars that are a little further away will help.

    When the car is close to you, the change in distance of the subject is relatively increased making it more difficult to get the entire car in focus.
     
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    Haha.. when i first tried doing panning shots, I went to a place by my house that has access to the side of the freeway and just sat there for a few hours clicking away.
     
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    It's pretty hard I've tried it a few times but haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet. I had to shoot through a fence which sucks so it makes the focusing that much harder. I've yet to go sit on a street corner and try it. When the D300 arrives I'll give that a whirl.

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    Something else tot ry. :)
     
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    my friend also practiced panning on a regular street when she got her new 70-200 white lens... one of the drivers actually saw her, stopped, and asked if it was a radar gun :o
     
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    Bro, why you taking pics of my car? :ugh:
     
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    I've was taking pictures of cars well before I was into photography, so I had kind of just picked up panning without noticing, then I got into photography and was like oh :embd:

    just whoring through :o

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    i actually like the look of panning shots where the front of the car is in focus and then tapers off to a blur towards the end like the RSX photo from the OP.
     
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    What Focus Mode are you using?

    Ok, I'll whore my pics too.

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    When the vehicle is coming at you or driving away at an angle, only a portion of the car will remain in focus since the rate of travel of each area of the car is going to different (in relation to your position). About the only way to get a panning shot and having the whole car in focus is if it is moving left/right horizontal to your position. This would be a side pan
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  25. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    wow some great tips from you guys, some of you guys are really good at this. awesome pics! :bigok:

    what focus mode should I be using? I had it on dynamic and focused on the front bumper of the car in all my shots.
     

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