|Panning with the LX2 is simple!
||[Jan. 2nd, 2008|06:16 am]
Panasonic LX-2 User Community
Panning is a great technique to capture action and give the impression of speed and movement. With the LX2's big LCD screen, this technique is easy to get results.
The biggest tip is to reduce your shutter speed while attempting to capture a panning shot. A shutter speed of 1/25th was used for the photo above. I used the Shutter Priority mode. Shutter speed will depend on the the speed of the object. I've had good luck between 1/8th to 1/30th of a second on most common panning shots (bikes, cars, birds...). I also leave the image stabilization on.
With your camera set up for a low shutter, find a location and subject that works for this type of shot. I use my LX2 primarily to cover the cycling exploits of my local club. The first step is to get focus on the subject before the desired location. You can lock focus by pressing the shutter half way. With focus locked, I pan the camera with the moving object and take the photo when I feel the time is right. It's very important to continue panning even though you have pressed the shutter. Like a good golf swing, follow through is important. Try to keep a smooth pan while maintaining focus lock on the subject. Think smooth thoughts.
That's it really. Low shutter speed, focus lock and follow through are the biggest tips I can offer on panning. Give it a shot!
Many thanks for getting this journal started. This is a great camera that is often overlooked.