Photographing moving objects takes a little bit of forethought, just because of the movement. If we’re not planning ahead then the object can be gone before we get it!
Here are a few tips:
- If it’s something regular that moves along a known path, plan for where along that path you wish to capture it. In the case of the ferry above I knew roughly where the ferry would be as I had watched it over a period of days.
- Think of where the object will be in relation to static objects. In this case I was waiting for the ferry to come in front of the setting sun, in the middle of the lough to give me a strong contrast. Be aware that background objects may clash with what you are trying to shoot, so look for a less cluttered backdrop.
- If the object is moving fast you will need to pan – that is, follow the motion of the object from further away, keep moving as it gets to the position thatÂ you want to capture, click the shutter but keep on moving. This gives the best chance of keeping the object sharp. If you have a tripod then you can use this to help keep the camera steady while panning.
- Leave space in your composition to move into. If we have planned the shot, then it’s easy to shoot a little bit early. Visually and image is more pleasing if the movement is towards the centre of the image rather than out of the image. Our eyes tend to follow the path of movement, so, if the object is close to the edge of the image in the direction that it’s moving then our eyes will be drawn towards the edge and out of the picture.
- Remember also the rule of thirds and try to place the motion along one of these lines to give a strong sense of movement.
If you manage to do all of this, and are fortunate to get just the right light, then you will come up with a striking image!