Possible to take this type of picture from RX100

Discussion in 'Sony' started by salman4u, May 15, 2013.

  1. salman4u

    salman4u New Member

    May 15, 2013

    I recently bought RX100 and this is my first camera of my life. I am a complete newbie. After few hours of fiddling I do know basic functions of RX100 but I'd like to know if it is possible to take this type of picture from RX100:


    As you can see, the man is fully visible but the background is blur and leaves motion trail.

    If yes, then could you please suggest how?

  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Yes. You can take that type of photo with almost any camera. But you need a little practice and a little luck to get it just right. Try to pan your camera at the same speed as the runners (or a car, or a bicycle). If your body (or camera) is traveling at the roughly the same speed as your subject, they will be reasonably in focus. But obviously, if you are moving the camera, the background will be blurred.

    You can vary how long the exposure is to get more or less blur. The one in your link is 1/20 of a second. The longer the exposure the blur you can get, but the harder it is to get your subject sharp(ish).

    This is the only example I could find quickly where I tried a pan. The puppy was too quick, but it still worked (partially). As you can see the grass is much more blurred than the dog. It's not exactly what you are going for, but I was pretty happy with it.
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    It can be hard keeping up with a puppy by Lukinosity, on Flickr
  3. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    What Luke said. It can take some practice, though. The slower your shutter speed relative to the motion of the subject, the greater the background blur. Of course, a slower shutter as you pan also means that you are more likely to get subject blur.


  4. salman4u

    salman4u New Member

    May 15, 2013
    Thanks a lot!!
  5. salman4u

    salman4u New Member

    May 15, 2013
    Thanks a lot! Both pictures are awesome.