I used to dread walking around Sacramento to do street photography. My friend Gary and I would walk for hours and I would come away with only a few keepers. I’m in good company so the walks aren’t as bad, but the problem is that I expect to get results like when I walk around San Francisco. So instead of being disappointed in my lack of results, I decided to find something to focus on. I used to bike a lot, so I wanted to focus on cyclists.
Focusing on cyclists means also capturing movement. Panning is my favorite photography technique. It takes a lot of practice and you’re more than likely to miss focus on a lot of shots, but it’s so rewarding when you nail focus. With this technique, you have get a good feel of the pace of the subject.
For panning, my preference on shutter speed is about 1/15th when lighting permits. Aperture and ISO depends on the time of day you’re shooting. The main thing I focus on is shutter speed because it controls the motion blur.
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