Motion blur is a tricky thing. On one hand, we spend a great deal of time and effort trying to combat it. We stick image stablization into lenses, opt for fast shutter speeds, and push our flashes to their max sync speeds. But, sometimes we forget that motion blur can be just what a photo needs to give it life and motion.
In our May Photo Challenge, we asked our readers to submit their best photos with motion blur. We were very happy to see that the results run the gamut of techniques. Some images are massively blurry, rendering the whole thing into the abstract. Others, however, have the slightest hint of blur — just enough to suggest motion and no more. Plus, everything in between.
Take a look through the gallery and get inspired. Then get out and start letting the blur happen. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Pan Blur #2
Ride the clouds
Leo Carrillo State Beach