Once again, I drafted one of my offspring helpers for day 23 of the 30-Day Photography Challenge: Panning. The goal was to have my son on the bike remain in focus while the background was blurred.
Not perfect by any means, but you get the idea. This was our second best result--the first was so good that you had a clear view of his face. Go figure--it was such a success that I couldn't show you here.
Rather than try to explain how I did this one--the idea is to use a slow shutter speed and move your camera with the moving subject--I recommend Digital Photography's Mastering Panning. I can't say that I have mastered panning, but it's an interesting technique that I would like to try again.
For tomorrow, I'm going to set my own challenge rather than follow the Expert Photography Day 24 challenge. I have been following a 30-day challenge constructed by Expert Photography, and the next challenge on the list is Harris Shutter Effect. After reading about it, I learned that it is an interesting color effect you can create in post-processing.
Funky post-processing effects are fun but not my primary focus right now. I'm still trying to learn my camera, basic techniques and composition, and lighting. I'm a little scarred by yesterday's failed flash project, so I'm going to make a Low Light challenge for tomorrow.
If you're joining me, the goal is to photograph your subject in low light without a flash. You can find some tips at Digital Photography's How to Get Better Digital Photos in Low Light Conditions Without Using a Flash. For those of you who are parents, the bonus of this challenge is that it can be done after the little ones are in bed. I think of everything.
I continue to enjoy this 30-day challenge, and I've learned quite a bit. When it comes to blogging about it, however, I am beginning to tire of the subject. I'd like to take the time to write about other things swimming around in my brain, but finding the time to write twice a day is tough.
Only one more week to go, then back to the regularly scheduled programming. What do you think? Are you ready for a return to normalcy?