Unit submissions and planned submissions by NYIP Student Bruce Warner for assignments by Unit

Bruce Warner


Photograph 1 - Show Motion

Actual Submission:


Taken at the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC in April of 2013 during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Photograph one or more persons or things in motion. The objective of this picture should be to express a sense of speed. In effect, the subject of this picture should be "action"–that is, the motion itself should be the center of interest.


    You have learned three basic techniques to achieve this result:

    You can use a very slow shutter speed to blur the image of the moving subject while the background remains sharp.

    You can pan the camera to keep the moving subject in sharp focus while blurring the background.

    You can use a high shutter-speed to stop the action at its highest point of intensity. (This works best only if the fact of the action is apparent–for example, the ski jumper suspended in midair.)


Carefully select the subject for your picture–a subject that you will catch in motion. Plan your shot. Decide which technique will give you the best results and set up your camera accordingly. Decide on which background and which angle will give you the strongest results. And don't forget to simplify. Plan to eliminate distractions insofar as possible.


If your camera does not permit you to select shutter speed, you may be able to select "mode." What is often called the "Sports" mode employs a faster shutter speed than the so-called Landscape mode. So, you can select a faster shutter speed by shooting in the "Sports" mode; a slower shutter speed by shooting in the "Portrait" mode.


If your camera does not permit you to select shutter speed and does not offer a choice of modes, the shutter speed is probably fixed at around 1/60th. This shutter speed is fast enough to "stop" most normal motion at a reasonable distance–an automobile across the street...a runner in the park...a youngster down the block on a bicycle. To blur or pan such a subject, get close to it. Remember, the closer you are to the moving object, the more it will blur in your frame. And, if possible, choose a fast-moving subject–the faster the better.


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