Motion Photography

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  1. Face

    Face TPF Noob!

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    My photo class is doing motion photography. We have to do some panning and some with a still background and an object moving. Every one does bikes and cars aren't allowed. What ideas can you give me to make my pictures good/unique.
     
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    There is always your trusty pet, your cat or dog is usually a good unwilling participant. Or you could go to your next schools sports function, i.e. a quaterback throwing a pass, a person running by etc.
     
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    got a roller skating rink near your home? a busy sidewalk? a mall, maybe? even a playground. you could get a photo of someone on a swing, or a merry-go-round. like havoc said, pets are good for this as well. are you just barred from doing cars and bikes or do they want you to shy away from all vehicle type things (i.e. trains/subways as well)?

    i had an assignment just like this a couple of years ago. it's easier than you think. if you bog yourself down trying to think of something ultra-unique, you'll miss out on perfectly good subjects that are probably just as good to use. lots of things move all around us all day everywhere we go. rapidly even. keep your eyes peeled, and good luck. :)
     
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    don't want to come off as being rude, but the entire world is moving around you. folks are being very kind by offering suggestions. my feeling is that being able to think of them then finding those key moments, then eventually being able to intuitively gravitate toward them, encompasses most of the art.
     
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    Motcon does have a point, however we can only give suggestions, and thats all, we are not doing the work for him, showing people the possibilities doesn't always mean they are going to only think about what is given to them. I often ask for suggestions, (sometimes i get Motcons response) however i most always end up doing something uniquely different to the suggestions given. Suggestions (for me at least) help me get my own creative mind working whenever i am having trouble starting.

    I am now curious to see what Face chooses as a subject for his homework, hopefully he will choose something different or a variation of a theme presented to him. If not, then i would like to think he just couldn't think of anything else that was interesting enough for him to create. Either way i am happy to help point someone in the right direction
     
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    yeah i'm looking for things to start the wheels in my head turning. i'd love to do subways, etc., except we don't have any. maybe people on the street. i hate doing strangers though. oh well.
     
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    Why dont you try to think simple. Like motcon said everything is moving. You could try and photograph somthing as simple as a pinwheel or try some star trails :) .

    Try anything you think could work.
    Most importaint is for you to like what you photographed and have fun!
    Dont limit yourself to film either it may take awile to acheive the photograph you want

    Happy shooting :D
     
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    Maybe try thinking on a really grand scale. Like... HotWheels or something. :wink:

    Jim
     
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    be very careful here; i know some folks that were detained by the fbi for photographing subways. sucks, i know....

    ok. one of my favorites.

    get in a place so that your eyes are about 10 feet off of the ground. shoot people's feet on the sidewalk. do both wide angle and tight shots. they are quite fun...so i broke my own rule.

    everthing is moving, though. just sit and think....don't stress it. zen it.
     
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    LOL! don't stress it, Zen it HAHAHA
     
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    The poor photo instructors have seen it all. My teacher also said no cars, no babies, no pets, etc.... There are some many obvious examples of photo techniques, and so many students handing in so many photos of them. After a while the instructors get pretty bored. If you can come up with something that your teacher has never seen before, I bet it's a guaranteed "A".
     
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    Maybe the instructors need to update the curriculum. :roll:

    Jim
     

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