Capturing Motion: how to pan a moving subject

Have you ever wondered how you can capture motion without blurring your main subject? You know you’ve seen this in photos, and I bet you’re wondering how it was created. I’m about to show you that it is not a photoshop technique. You can capture motion in camera! Lower your shutter speed, and move with your subject. This is a fun technique. Check it out in the video tutorial below. Special thanks to my friend Bill Garcia for his time and modeling help!

Good Crop, Bad Crop: Portraiture tip

This is a small rule I think of every time I’m photographing people. It is especially obvious when feet get cropped off right at the ankles. Cropping at the wrong place on a person causes an unsettling feeling that you might not be able to identify at first, but when you zoom out or crop in a bit more, you’ll find the subject feels more comfortable in the frame. As a viewer, you are less distracted and more engaged with the person in the photo.


Preview of upcoming panning tutorial

Ever wonder how to capture motion like this without blurring your moving subject too? Here is a sample of this common problem and the improved shot using some of my techniques. Check back later this week for the full video tutorial. Special thanks to my friend Bill Garcia for his help with this video!


It’s YOU, not your camera

Welcome to my very first bog post on Photography Hacker! This has been an incredible month for me to create this idea and see it come to life. I’m excited to share, teach, and learn through this site and YOU. As I gathered topics to cover, the idea came to mind about how photographers make incredible images, not their cameras. Equipment helps create images, but not without you behind it learning, growing, and expanding your own creativity. Your gear is a tool involved in creating an image, but it is not all that is needed to make an image. There is timing, lighting, composition, subject matter, and so many other components involved. I bring this topic up because along the way, I have been “sized up” time and again for what gear I’m using, as if a certain type of camera is why I create the images I do. I also get told “oh man, that camera must make some great images!” It helps, but it isn’t everything. I know how much time, energy, trial and error, learning and struggle I go through to continually create good images. I’m still learning, and you should always be learning to! Forever. Seriously. Every incredible photographer starts somewhere.  I hope this encourages you to play and work hard at your craft using the tools you have now.