Slow shutter-speed street photography (Fujifilm X-Pro 2)
I felt inspired to go out and shoot for a full afternoon in Kathmandu. But, I wanted to do something a little different. Instead of my normal street photography style, I thought I’d aim to only shoot slow-shutter speed images. The area I’m staying in in Nepal, is extremely busy. Narrow streets force everything to walk very close to each other to avoid being hit the still fast driving traffic.
It’s easy to do slow shutter speed photography at night, but in the day you will need an ND filter. An ND filter, as you may know, limits the amount of light that is coming through the lens, and you can then slow the shutter speed to compensate for the loss of light.
Here are some of my favourite shots from the afternoon with some tips at the end.
There are two main techniques you can use when shooting slow shutter-speed images.
Holding the camera still will only blur things that are moving.
Panning with a moving object will keep the moving object sharp, and blur everything else except what you are panning with. Like this :
Which shutter speed?
1/15 seemed to work well for me for panning images. 1/30 worked pretty well also. For the very blurred images, I used about 1/2 second. There is no right answer here - play with different shutter speeds to see what works well for you.
Using a tripod can also work, but as this was street photography and I was more on the move, it wasn’t practical. To help with stabilisation, I wore a neck strap and and would sometimes pull the camera away from me to tighten the strap. This is where in-body image stabilisation can help a lot. In the Fujifilm lineup, that is only available with their X-H1 camera.
Cool, that’s it for this post. Have fun with this technique and feel free to send me some images or tag me on social media. Always love to see what you come up with.
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