How to Create Motion Blur In Photography

Motion blur is something we typically link to sports, fast-paced action, and movement. But, you can create motion blur when taking a still photo as well. Whether it is a dramatic effect, or if you simply want to try something new, there are a few things you can do to create blur (or movement) when you are taking photos, of an otherwise still object. So, how do you do it?

1. Shutter speed  
Slow it down. Movement blur occurs because the amount of time the shutter of the camera is open, allows your camera’s image sensor to “see” the movement. By simply slowing down the speed of your shutter (the opening when you press the button to take a photo), you have a higher likelihood of “seeing” or capturing that movement (i.e., capturing the movement blur).

2. Prioritize  
Your camera has a shutter priority mode; why not try using it when you are ready to take a shot and are trying to achieve motion blur in the photo? Even small speed changes can make a great impact on the movement/blur which is visible; so, try simply changing the opening (priority) mode, by small increments when you are starting out, so you can see what you get with each deviation in the speed/opening.

3. Camera Security 
Either your subject or your camera (or both) have to move, to create the effect of motion (blur). For this reason, you are going to want to make sure your camera is as still as possible, to avoid additional blur from the movement (in your object you are shooting). So either use a tripod, or something sturdy, to help keep the camera from moving when you are ready to snap the shot of your target subject in the photo.

Whether you are brand new to taking photos, or simply want to try something new in the image quality and perception, motion blur is how you can change an otherwise dull (or motionless) image. When the time comes to take a shot of the subject or target, you can use one, or all of these tips to get the desired effect, and the level of motion you want to see. Remember, start small, try out a few variants, and see what works best, to get the desired result, and to see the motion effect to help bring certain images to life on film paper.