Adding Movement to Your Image

May 18, 2009 by  
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In the world of “I’ll do it in Photoshop” many new photographers are not learning many of the basic techniques used in the good ole film days to be able to create effects in camera.  Now, don’t get me wrong….applying movement in Phototshop does have some advantages. For example, you can control how much of the image gets the motion effect, as well as the direction and strength of the blur.

However, when deciding if I should to create an effect in Photoshop or in camera, here’s the way I approach the matter. I simply do whichever one will be the quickest (time is money). If I can do the effect in camera or with lighting quciker than I can do it in Photoshop, I will do it that way.  In most cases, getting it right in the camera is the simplest and least time consuming.

In this case by using a slow shutter speed with my trusty Canon Mark 2 Digital camera we were able to capture the motion of the guitar as a blur. The exposure was f-11 at 1/3 second.

The Studio lighting set-up for this shot is as follows.

1. Main Light – 3×4 Soft-box at f11
2. Fill – 4×6 Silver Reflector

Try it out.  It’s fun to see what you can do.


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