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How to capture movement with shutter speed

Globe and Mail photojournalist Tim McKenna gives some tips and tricks on changing exposure time to add movement to your photos

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This soccer action photo was shot at 1/15th of a second. The face of the player in white is moving very little and appears relatively sharp. Everything else is moving and will blur across the focal plane at such a slow shutter speed.

Tim McKenna/The Globe and Mail

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This photo of nuts being heated was shot at a night market in Xi'an, China . Shot at 1/4 second shutter speed only the objects not moving appear sharp. The nuts are moving slowly in the bin and appear blurred.

Tim McKenna/The Globe and Mail

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This photo of traffic in Beiijng was shot at 1/15 of a second. The lens was panned - moving at the same speed as the child in yellow and the adult in red. Thus they appear sharp. All else will appear to blur.

Tim McKenna/The Globe and Mail

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