May 6, 2012

Photo iPossibilities - Slow Shutter Cam

This week's question:
I saw that you posted an panned image the other day on Facebook. Is it possible to create an image of milky slow moving water?

Yes it is!

The Slow Shutter Cam is one of my favorite camera applications. I don't use it often but when I do I find it playful and refreshing.

There is 3 distinct ways to use the Slow Shutter capabilities.

1. The camera is moving and the subject is still. This technique is also called a pan or swipe. My thought is that a pan is a slow motion and a swipe is a quick one. You can move the camera in a variety of ways: up and down, side to side, in a fast quick pass, a deliberate slow painterly way, etc. I find it best if the light is diffused when using this technique to avoid blown out streaks.

Swipe of a Waterfall in the Woods

2. The camera is still on a tripod and the subject is moving. The classic way to use this technique is with moving water. In the case of a river or stream the water becomes milky and smooth. It is also fun to smooth out the ocean waves during a long exposure.

Using the Slow Shutter Cam app on the tripod

3. The camera and subject is moving. This is the hardest of the techniques in my opinion because I want at least a part of the subject in focus while giving it a blurred background. I haven't tried it enough to be successful, so there is no example at this time.

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