All of you have really rocked these challenges so far. Your photography skills have clearly improved and your photos are always the cherry on top to my day. So this week, I want us to really have some fun with our cameras! This week’s challenge is the Zoom Effect. Let’s just dive right into it.

The Zoom effect is a technique that makes the subject appear to be either moving towards or away from you with motion lines. To get this effect, you have to set your shutter speed for a long exposure. While you are taking the picture, you use your zoom lens to either zoom in or out from your subject while the shutter opens and closes.

It takes some practice to achieve this effect but with these tips, I know you will get it. You guys are ready!

Mastering the Zoom Effect

mastering the zoom effect

Eliminate camera shake. Your camera must stay still since you will be using a very slow shutter speed. Any movement of the camera will effect the smoothness of the motion lines in your photo. To avoid camera shake, use a tripod or put your camera on a steady surface.

Pick your shutter speed. When choosing your shutter speed, there are a few things you have to take into consideration: your lighting, the type of lens you are using and the amount of movement of your subject. Try starting with a shutter speed of one second. This should be long enough for you to zoom your lens from one end to the other. Experiment with different shutters speeds and look at your results. Different sittings will result in different results.

mastering the zoom effect

Watch your aperture. Since you are using a slow shutter speed, your camera will be taking in a lot of light. If you use a large aperture in conjunction with the slow shutter speed, you will end up with an overexposed image. Try using a smaller aperture {larger f/ stop} when using the zoom effect.

Zoom in smoothly. You want to have smooth motion lines in your photograph. When zooming in {or out}, you need keep your zoom consistent. You don’t want to speed up or slow down while you are zooming. You want to achieve a smooth flow. You can, however, pause while zooming, either in the beginning, middle, or end. This will let your camera “see” when you pause and should help your photo to be clearer.

mastering the zoom effect

Switch up your zoom. The direction that you zoom will produce a different effect.

Don’t have a zoom lens? Don’t worry! You can get this effect with a prime lens as well. Also, a lot of point and shoot cameras will not allow you to zoom while the shutter is open. To get the effect, use your feet and zoom in manually.

 This week your challenge is to have fun with the zoom effect and experiment! Make sure you share your “Zoomed” photos on Facebook.

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