Image blur advice...?

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  1. Captain_Danger

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    Hi there,

    I have recently tried my hand at doing some motorsport photography, and whilst my stuff is ok, its fairly functional and a tad dull. What I can't work out is how some photographers do shots like this...

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    See how most of the image is blurred, yet the drivers helmet is pretty much in perfect focus...?

    How does one achieve that, is it done in camera or is it a post production tweak?

    Cheers,

    Ben.
     
  2. Rich Marshall

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    I think the technique you're looking for is panning, and it takes a lot of practice.
    You need to follow the movement of your subject as you would if you were videoing it, then with a slower than normal shutter speed take some shots while you're still moving the camera.

    It's a bit hit & miss sometimes but you'll get some usable images with practice.

    Panning Photography Video Tutorial - How to...
     
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  3. Rich Marshall

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    Oh, and that image you posted has been heavily photo-shopped too :)
     
  4. eddiewood

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    Brush up on your photoshop.
     
  5. Captain_Danger

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    Hi mate,

    Thanks for the replies.

    Yea, I can do the whole panning whilst shooting at low shutter speeds thing, I mean this is one that I took today (sat) at Donington...

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    Its not perfect, however I was just asking really if anyone knew how to do the whole isolate certain parts of the scene to blur bits and leave other bits. So if I wanted the drivers helmet static in my pic, but left the rest of the car blurred. From other posters, it seems as though photoshop is the key...?
     
  6. Bagger

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    Pretty easy in photo shop.
    Two identical layers, blur, distort to your desired effect the top layer.
    Then use the eraser tool to erase parts of the distorted image and reveal the layer underneath ( the non distorted blured layer)
    Flatten image and save
    Job done.

    something like this ?
     

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    There's better blur tools than just 'blur' you want to set the direction etc. The latest version of photoshop has new and improved tools for this, I'll have a crack at it when I get home.

    Personally I find the image at the top very overprocessed (and I overprocess my images something chronic)
     
  8. eddiewood

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    No...never! :laugh:
     
  9. Captain_Danger

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    Cheers for that tip.
     
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    As jammyb says, just adding blur doesn't work that well. Adding 'motion blur' and setting it's direction works far more effectively.

    Here I've blurred in the direction of travel and used a layer mask to reveal not only the helmet and roll-cage but the wheel centres too, that way they still keep their rotational blur.

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