When making images goes past just clicking a scene as it is to making a scene more interesting and creative, you are relishing photography as more than just a process of documenting a moment unraveling before your life just way it is.
So this week’s Toecabulary discusses ‘zoom burst’, a technique that makes an image fun and even fantastic, because it renders a breathtaking, stunning sense of blurred streaks emerging continuously from the centre of a frame, usually where the subject is placed.
One doesn’t need fancy photography equipment to make a zoom burst (or zoom blur) image. A DSLR or a mirrorless camera with a zoom lens will suffice. When you use shutter priority mode, with slow shutter speed, starting from a long focal length to a short focal length rather than the other way round, you make a zoom burst image.
It works best when your lens has image stabilisation turned on. If not, you can use a tripod or a bean bag.
Place your subject at the middle/centre of the frame for the best result.
Have fun with the zoom burst technique the next time you are making images. Good light to you!
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