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Posted by Rosemary O'Brien on May 29th, 2014

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This weeks Fine Art America article focuses on Motion Blur Photography which is typically used in sports, transportation, or landscape photography to show fast motion and speed. Many photographers use this technique for the ability to capture something that is in fast motion or moving. But how do photographers exactly capture this blurry motion?

Night Traffic by Elena Elisseeva

Here are a few simple tips and tricks:

Slowing down your shutter speed. Fast moving objects, like someone biking or running which is a longer exposure time may result in blurring in a photograph.  When your shutter is open longer, the subject has more time to move across the frame establishing a blur effect. So how long should the shutter speed be? it depends on what type of blur effect you want to achieve, however the longer you leave the shutter speed on, the more the blur.

Creating a sense of motion. One easy way to create a sense of motion is to follow your subject while taking photos. The subject will then appear still in your photo and everything around it will be blurry.

Controlling the amount of light. Because of the longer exposure, more light can trickle into your photograph. You may want to try either adjusting your camera’s Aperture (the opening in the lens), adjust your ISO to a lower number ( indication of how sensitive a film was to light), or place a light blocking filter to your lens.

Motion Sharon by Lisa Clarke

The Ref by Theresa Tahara

London Big Ben by Nina Papiorek

Many Colors by Dan Holm