Quick Tip: How to Achieve Motion Blur

Add some movement to your action shots with this photographic technique

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Want to enliven your action shots? Blur is the key.

For simple blur: Drop the shutter speed one or two notches below action-freezing speed to blur the hands and feet of runners, the spokes and pedals of bicycles, etc.

Add flash for ghosting: With flash on relatively close subjects, you can lower the shutter speed even further. Use second-curtain sync to get a ghost trail behind the subject.

Pan with the motion: Use very slow shutter speeds to blur the background into a streak.