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Create A Sense Of Action With A Zoom Burst - Learn how a zoom lens can help you create unusual images that have a sense of speed and movement or an abstract feel.
You need a zoom lens for this technique to work and one that has a longer range, such as the Tamron 18-270mm, will mean you can create a more even effect that has longer streaks. A tripod is a must as you'll be using longer shutter speeds and if action shots are what you're shooting, bring along your flashgun as a bust of flash will freeze your subject and add sharpness to the shot.
Key Points To Remember:
- Get the zoom right - too obvious and you won't recognise the subject, but if you don't zoom enough, the effect won't be visible.
- Three steps - open the shutter, wait for half or even three-quarters of the exposure to finish then in one fluid movement, zoom out.
- For speed - zoom out then start a short exposure while moving through the zoom.
- Choose the right settings - use small apertures, slow shutter speeds and low ISOs.