Shooting skills of “follow photography”

  In the previous article, we used to recommend “follow photography” to capture images in combination with sports photography and other subjects. According to the particularity of the moving subject, try to use the camera with certain shooting skills to obtain a quite artistic picture. But “follow shooting” can adapt to the subject matter, not only sports portraits and other content, in fact, in many cases, we can use “follow shooting” to get the desired effect picture. Next, let us introduce in detail the shooting skills of follow-up photography.

Shooting skills of "follow photography"Image from Maico Amorim

   First, let’s review “follow photography”. Follow-up shooting is to move the lens according to the moving subject, track the subject with the lens, and keep the subject at the same position on the screen during the exposure process. The subject and the lens are relatively static, while the background and the lens are in relative motion. At a lower shutter speed, the background will naturally become a blurred trajectory while the subject is in a clear state. This type of subject is more commonly used in sports, breaking news events, or to express a sense of speed.

Shooting skills of "follow photography"

  Picture from Roman Koester

  Secondly, in addition to some common sports themes, the “follow shooting” technique can be applied to many scenes. In daily shooting activities, it is actually difficult for us to decide when it is more appropriate to use “follow shooting” and when to use ordinary shooting techniques. This kind of expression technique has its own unique picture effect, as long as it is used correctly at the right time, it can achieve the icing on the cake. The photographer’s operation is proper, and most sports images can use “follow shooting”. For example, photos of wild animals running, traffic flow, and a person walking on the street. Various themes can enrich the language of the picture, and the photographer can give full play to their creativity.

Shooting skills of "follow photography"

  The picture is from Leo Rivas

   has talked about the subject matter, then let’s talk about the skills and techniques, “follow shooting” requires more operations for the photographer himself , When we take photos, we must pay attention to all aspects of movement, composition, parameter control, etc., to ensure the film. Take the choice of shooting shutter time as an example. Because the photographer cannot predict the motion cycle of the object to be shot very often, it is difficult to grasp the specific shutter speed. When beginners learn to shoot, they can first pass a specific object. The operation of “follow shooting”, through this kind of movement feeling, gradually accumulate experience. It should be noted that in order to form a dynamic blur of the background picture, the shutter speed should be appropriately slowed down when the photographer chooses to train, generally between 1/30~1/125 seconds. Beginners can consider training operations in this range. . In addition to the shutter, another thing to pay attention to is timing. During the shooting, there is probably only one chance to capture moving objects. When shooting, you should consider its movement status. The closer the moving subject is to the photographer, the shorter the reaction time required. The photographer can make a comprehensive judgment by pressing the shutter slightly in advance to ensure the image state.

Shooting skills of "follow photography"

   Nikon Z 6

   In the choice of equipment, due to the “follow shooting” technique, the camera will be shaken frequently, which puts a higher burden on the operation. At the same time, the scene also has a certain degree of uncertainty. We can consider using a mirrorless camera such as the Nikon Z 6 camera, which is flexible and has good focusing performance. According to different subjects, use FTZ-adapted NIKKOR telephoto lens or Z-mount lens. Take a shot. In the future, we will also recommend related lenses for this subject, hoping to help you.

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