‘Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice’ – Anton Chekhov
I’m at the point in my photographic journey where I want to know both how to create motion blur deliberately, whether at night or during daylight, and also how to prevent motion blur when I want a clear, sharp image in low light. So learning how to handle motion blur is obviously the next incremental step on my photography learning curve… and theoretically, I’m already pretty much there.
But practically, what I really want to know is how to do this in a way that I find emotionally comfortable. The trouble is, all the ‘how-to’ guidance I find advises the use of a tripod in order to allow for the slow shutter speeds necessary to create this type of shot, and I’m really uncomfortable with that idea. A tripod feels just too static, too clumsy for me… It takes a relatively portable camera and makes a big look-at-me song-and-dance out of it, and as someone who’s still getting used to the idea of myself with a camera up to my eye in public, I’m not sure that I’m up to overcoming that particular barrier to getting the perfect image yet?
It’s a pretty big stumbling block, but deep down I know that somehow I’ll find some kind of a practical work-around, because where there’s a will, there’s a way – and I also know that once I’ve got the hang of it, I’ll be fine to go out and just do it, whatever it takes! 🙂