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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Motion

Life often seems a bit of a blur. Much as we’d all like to slow things down now and then we’re all whizzing about, and so is the world around us. Waves lap, trees lean, clouds drift, birds flutter, leaves scatter, grass sways, water ripples, wind gusts, sheep graze, people stride and the sun rises – the world is a busy place. A photograph must somehow convey that motion, to not do so usually results in a somewhat sterile take on the world.

Photographers have a choice; to blur or not to blur, that is the question. Using fast shutter speeds we can freeze all movement, or go slow and everything becomes a bit fuzzy; lock the camera off on the tripod while the world swirls around it, or have the camera moving as well. If it’s the latter then ...

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