One of my favorite things about Photography is that I am constantly learning. Every time I pick up a book, magazine, or even my camera I am always learning a new technique that will make my photography even better.
Last month I was in Barnes and Noble and I picked up the magazine, Practical Photography. I fell in love with all of the helpful tutorials and information in the magazine, and will definitely be going back to pick up the August issue at some point. One thing I really loved was a tutorial on how to do special effects with a zoom lens. It took a few tries to get it right, but the effect was amazing once I got the technique down!
There were two effects that the magazine talked about:
The Zoom Burst Effect
The Rotation Effect
The techniques used to take these photos are actually really simple! I’m pretty excited to learn how to do this. Am I the only one who thinks of a million ways to use a new camera technique after I learn it? I kind of can’t wait to go to Disney now….
Enough of the teaser, I know you’re probably wondering how I did it. So, here we go!
The great thing about these techniques are that the camera settings for both pictures are exactly the same. I used the settings suggestion from the magazine in order to get the pictures.
- Turn mode dial to Shutter Priority
- Set shutter speed to 1/10 seconds
- Set ISO to 100
- Change white balance to auto
- Set metering mode to Matrix
- Autofocus on subject
What you need:
-Neutral Density filter (optional)
To apply the effect you need to zoom into your subject as much as possible so that the subject fills the viewfinder. Half press the shutter release down so the camera can focus on the subject. Then begin to quickly zoom out and press the shutter release while doing so.
What you need:
-you can use any type of lens for this type of photo (I used my Kit lens)
-Neutral Density filter
To apply the effect you have to rotate the entire camera to achieve the twisted motion effect. The best way to do this is to hold the camera level to your chest and press the shutter release button while rotating the camera to take the picture.
Getting the timing right always takes a few tries for both techniques, so do not get discouraged if you don’t get it right the first few times. Just keep trying, but have fun with it! Once you get it right you’ll end up with a few fun photos!
What do you think?
Have you ever tried the creative blur techniques? Do you have any tips to make these types of photos easier?