Panning is a technique wherein the photographer tracks a moving subject while using a slower shutter speed. The concept of moving the camera while using slower shutter speed may sound surprising to beginners, and that’s exactly what makes this technique a challenge. The following image of a taxi in Hong Kong by photographer Nathan Ackley is an excellent example of a well-executed panning shot:
One surprising thing about the photo is how the photographer managed to take it when the road was so clear. While the photographer believes that it was luck, I believe it was his persistence that paid off. He waited around one and a half hours to take this shot.
The photographer took this image handheld at a 16mm focal length and later did a tight crop. There is a little Photoshop involved, too. He smoothed out the lines of the lights and straightened them in post. He also exaggerated the blur to fill the frame.
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