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panning

Technique that involves taking a picture while moving the camera at a relatively slow shutter speed. It is almost always used when tracking a moving object, such as a race car, as it travels across the film plane or sensor plane. When properly carried out, the object is in focus or at least rendered relatively sharply while its surroundings are blurred. The objective is to show motion.

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panning

the act of using a slow shutter speed, and moving the camera in the same direction as a moving subject, during the exposure to create a blurred background. See panning tips here.
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panning

Moving the camera so that the image of a moving object remains in the same relative position in the viewfinder as you take a picture.
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panning

A technique where you follow the subject through the camera lens along a horizontal path.
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panning

Moving the camera so that the image of a moving object remainsin the same relative position in the viewfinder as you take a picture. The eventualeffect creates a strong sense of movement.
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panning

Using a slow shutter speed and tracking the movement of the subject with the camera lens. If done successfully, the background will have motion blur while the subject appears to be in clear focus.
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