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Creating fast moving photos at slow speed.

Photographers are using this technique to take pictures of car or motor races, cars on the street basically anything that goes fast. It results in a picture of ultra fast moving (say) car, blurring the background and focusing on thing only.

This technique is very simple to do, but for getting best results, one must experiment. Having a camera with a slow shutter speed or even Bulb mode, is all you need. The rest is just intuition, settings and movement of your body.

So, set your camera to a slow shutter speed and the proper aperture for this (according to your exposure calculation) preset your focus (is much more simple with Lomography cameras like Diana or Holga). Say you are shooting a race, and you stay on the side lines, or near a turn. Wait for a car to come near you, follow the action with the camera, from left to right or viceversa, depending on your position. This movement of the camera has to be made from the torso without moving your hands, also looking through the viewfinder to follow the car.

I found best to use a slow shutter speed 1/30 on daylight using ISO 100, but that’s my opinion. Also, this depends on your subjects speed. A fast car moving on the track can be exposed and get this effect at about 1/125th.

Flexibility is the word, so you can use almost any camera and any type of film. Experimenting with different times is also necessary.

written by pvalyk


  1. rickney


    nice tipster. shall try it soon.

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  2. stratski


    Wow, you're good at this, excellent pictures!

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  3. iamdnierod


    thanks for the tip!

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  4. saidseni


    I would like to try this but I didn't understand. We should move the camera while shooting...? And follow the car...?

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  5. emperornorton


    @saidseni Yes, that's what you do. Follow the moving object with your camera and take the shot as you are moving.

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  6. evil_mastermind


    Thanks for the tips!

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  7. saidseni


    @emperornorton: Thank you, I've been reading a bit about it and now I know the theory... I'm going to try this, many times for sure! Thank you for the tip, @pvalyk !

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  8. haziqhashim


    will try this for sure. but are you sure holga can do the same?

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  9. pvalyk


    yeap haziqhashim, it will work. Try one with your bulb mode, but make sure you close it in 1/30 seconds or low if the light is dimmer (be careful to estimate your time). You need a slow shutter speed but not slow enough to turn it into a long exposure. I think maximum is 1 or 2 seconds depending on the light and objects speed.
    BTW can anyone tell me how to do that @someone thing?

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