Street Photography Quick Tip (9)

Rushing after the subway bird | Nuremberg | 2016 | 1/6 sec @ f/3,2 and ISO 200 

Street Photography Quick Tip 9 – Motion Blur

As you already might have learned from the last edition of my Instant Inspirations (“Instant Inspiration (15) – Long Exposure Waterscapes”) , recently I just love to play with longer shutter speeds and the effects you can generate with it. So with the ninth episode of my “Street Photography Quick Tips” I apply this technique to shooting everyday life in the streets. For more how-to and inspirational photos continue reading after the jump….

Rush Up
Rush Up | Stockholm | 2016 | 1/2 sec @ f/11 and ISO 1600

My Street Photography Quick Tips are short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets. Today’s post is about using longer exposure times to blur the motion of moving people or objects and create interesting effects in your photographs.

Setting up the camera is fairly easy. Start with a shutter speed of 1/6 seconds. This is the setting I find myself using most for my motion blur shots. It creates just enough movement that shows the dynamic of either a moving person or an object, but it is still short enough to leave enough clear texture that you can clearly distinguish what the moving subject/object was. And with most modern cameras that have some sorts of image stabilization it is short enough that the stationary scenery or objects of your photography is still sharp.

Waiting | Nuremberg | 2016 | 1/8 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 200

But varying the settings, playing with compositions and variations of moving subjects and stationary background or vice versa, shooting in monochrome or color really brings out the fun in using this technique when shooting in the streets.

Subway Ghost
Subway Ghost | Stockholm | 2016 | 1/8 sec @ f/11 and ISO 1600
Nordic Wellness
Nordic Wellness | Stockholm | 2016 | 1/8 sec @ f/5,6 and ISO 200
Subway Ghost
Subway Ghost | Munich | 2016 | 1/6 sec @ f/11 and ISO 1600
Arricing Train
Arriving Train | Munich | 2016 | 1/8 sec @ f/11 and ISO 1600
Portland Color Night Steet Photography
Crossings | Portland | 2017 | 1/8 sec @ f/2,8 and ISO 250

I hope this collection of photos with both blurred people and objects gives you an idea of what to look for and what settings to use when shooting motion blur in the streets.

Have a great Friday!


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  1. When I lived in NYC street photography was my favorite, it still holds a place in my heart. I loved bluring photos and snapping quickly as people walked by.

  2. The first image looked very mysterious and ghostlike to me. Revealing a hint of something or leaving something for the imagination. Great shits and tips to inspire as always. Have a great weekend my friend. Hugs

  3. Did you notice that in the last picture it almost looks like as if the car is flying – maybe due to high speed? It looks like the tires are not touching the ground. That is fast! 😉

    Have a nice weekend, Annett

    1. Thanks, Annett, really appreciate you took the time to visit and comment. I was crouched down on the sidewalk while taking this photo, and I tell you it seemed the car flew buy 😉 ! You too have a wonderful weekend! Marcus

  4. Marcus, as always, great tips and fabulous images. I’ve seldom seen better examples than these. Incredible. 😇📷

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