Tips for capturing motion blur.
Consider the time of day.
“Shoot in early hours of the day or the late hours of the night for the best chance to get your shot in-camera,” advises Sidla. The golden hour — just before sunset and after sunrise — is ideal for photography for many reasons, but when it comes to motion blur it helps keep your ambient light levels low.
Pick up a neutral density filter.
A neutral density filter (ND) gives you more usable hours of the day in which you can photograph motion blur. ND filters are often used in landscape photography to decrease the amount of light that hits your sensor, so you can shoot with a slower shutter speed or wider aperture and not blow out the exposure in the daylight. Getting an ND filter is “the number one thing I wish I had done sooner,” according to Sidla.
Use a tripod to combat camera shake.
If your camera has IBIS (in-body image stabilization), it may be possible to hand-hold your camera without too much unwanted camera movement. But a tripod will keep your composition steady, which can be especially hard to do by hand if you use a larger telephoto or zoom lens.
Try your hand at panning photography.
Panning is another way to depict motion in a shot. Rather than steady your shot with a tripod and blur an object in motion, use the panning technique to move your camera with the subject and freeze it in focus against a blurred background.