You know the photography mantra, if you use a long shutter speed, you should mount your camera on a tripod so that the picture is not blurred.

Well, what if you want the image blurred? What if you want to create a spinning or falling effect. Simple, use a long shutter speed and move your camera.


In order to produce this swirl, I set my camera to manual (M) setting. I decided that I needed to leave the shutter open for 1 second in order to give me time to spin my camera. Because the slow shutter speed let in so much light, I turned the ISO to 100 and relied on the internal light meter to tell me what F-stop I would need. I ended up using F18 (it really doesn’t matter since, technically, none of the shot is in focus).


Then I began taking photos by pushing on the shutter release and immediately spinning the camera to the left or right.


As you can see, the focal point of the shot ends up being the center of the spin. I tried to play up on that by putting the focal point in the very center of the shot and spinning around it. For the sake of rule of thirds composition, I then cropped the image slightly on the top and right in Photoshop.


I was especially proud of this one.


Next, I moved my camera up to produce a falling flower effect.

I plan to try some more movement shots with objects other than flowers. I’ll keep you posted 🙂