Zoom Burst

December 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

The first question intermediate and advanced photographers ask when viewing a photograph like this is "What is the EXIF?"  This is the information about the camera settings.  

 

This photograph was shot using a 24-70 mm lens. Aperture was set at F10. ISO 100. Shutter speed 1/2 second. Starting point was 28mm and zoom was away from the subject.   Using these settings gave me a clean center, in this case the building and allowed it to be as in focus as possible while giving a zoom burst effect to the surrounding Christmas lights.

 

When you look at the burst lines, you see they are very straight. This means that the camera was stabilized in some manner. Either using a tripod, a monopod, setting the camera on a stable location (which doesn't work well with the zoom effect because you must move the lens while the shutter is open) or hand held in a stable standing position.

Hand holding like this requires a lot of practice, otherwise, you get very squiggly lines. I rarely take a tripod, so most likely this was shot hand held. My stance is to hold my camera with my right hand, feet about 18 inches apart, and then I take a breath, not a big deep breath but a slightly bigger than usual and I blow air out through pursed lips while shooting. At the same time, you need to twist the telephoto lens away from the subject to a wider angle. 

 

To try this technique, I recommend you start with a tripod and also that you start with a shorter shutter speed. 1/30 then move to 1/20, then to 1/15, eventually working your way up to the 1/2 second. Also, it is important that you use an ISO of 100-400 so that you get nice clean light and colors. Higher ISO will blow out the lights causing them to both lose color and clarity.

 

The third tip is don't worry about how fast you move the lens. Steady movement creates a better photograph than fast movement.

 

Zoom burst can be used in many situations to give an awesome in camera special effect.

 

Zoom zoom!

 

 

 

 


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