This is a step by step tutorial that teaches how to take panning shots with an SLR camera. Panning describes the action of following a moving subject with a camera to create motion. The end result is a picture with a blurred background and a crisp subject.
What you will need
1. SLR Camera (or any camera with a manual mode)
2. Monopod (can be omitted if you have a steady hand)
3. moving subject
Step 1: Setting Your Camera to Manual Mode
No matter what kind of SLR camera you have, having the proper settings is key to being able to take panning shots.
First, make sure that your camera is in manual mode.
On most cameras, this is the M on the mode selection dial.
Along with manual mode, you will also want to change your focus setting to continuous mode.
This allows your camera to continuously focus on and track a moving object as long as you have the shutter release button halfway depressed.