Weekly Photography Challenge – Panning


If you want to see action and motion, check out these 30 moving panning images.

Panning is the technique of moving your camera to match the direction and speed of an object that is moving in front of you, while shooting at a slow shutter speed. The result will blur the background, and make the subject relatively sharp. The trick is to get your speed and timing just right – it takes a bit of practice so now is a good time to do just that!

Andreas Nilsen

By Andreas Nilsen

Weekly Photography Challenge – panning

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Chaval Brasil

By Chaval Brasil

Eric Heupel

By Eric Heupel

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Shinichi Higashi

By Shinichi Higashi


By brian

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Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to some exotic places.

  • Emrah Ayvali

    This photo is from plane spotting activity from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, http://www.istanbulphotographer.com/istanbul/ataturk-airport/

  • Emrah Ayvali


  • Maciej Bednarz

    Thanks Emrah.

  • Dave Engebretson

    Panning from fishing boat.

  • Wanderley Soares de Andrade

    bike race through the streets of Santos, Brazil

  • Windsurfing on Lake Paranoá, Brasília, Brazil.

  • Mandeep Singh

    Flying bee

  • Wanderley Soares de Andrade

    Santos, Brasil

  • Azwanshah

    Chasing the drifter at 1/60

  • M Kemmerer

    Carriage horse.

  • Dave Engebretson

    Read articles and watch youtube photography videos on topics that interest you and buy the Nikon D5300 for Dummies and learn all your buttons and features one at a time. Practice a lot and relearn the same things until they stick. Learning Photography is a marathon not a sprint.

  • Josh

    Your biggest challenge will not being able to experiment with wider apertures like 2.8 and narrow depths of field as I’m going to assume at 18mm yours largest aperture will be 3.5 and at 55mm 5.6. This also will put not necessarily a restriction on indoor or low light photography, but you’ll be forced to use higher ISO settings to get correct exposure in those environments. The glass isn’t as good either as it might be with higher quality lenses. This isn’t to say you can’t get good images with it, but as time goes on and by comparison you’ll be able to notice the difference in some images. If you’re on a budget the best thing you can do for yourself is get a popular 50mm prime 1.8 for around 100 dollars. It’s probably the first and most popular lens out there when people start getting away from the kit lenses. Only other downside is you won’t be doing much shooting of sports or anything at a reasonable distance with a 55mm. A lot of your lens purchases are more going to rely on what you primarily like to shoot. If you never do wildlife you’d prob be wasting your money on a 400mm lens that wouldn’t get used very often.

  • Ryan Walls

    Driving by cyclist

  • Sunshine

    Buffalo Ralley at Mosselbay, South Africa

  • Sunshine

    Buffalo Ralley at Mosselbay, South Africa

  • Bob Scott

    Mountain bike race.

  • Bob Scott


  • Dieter Rowe-Setz

    I love the “Artistic” outcome with panning. It has a lot of possibility.

  • Dieter Rowe-Setz

    It`s like a painting. I did experiment with different settings. Absolutely love doing this.

  • Jon Pounder

    Reaching for the disc

  • Gil Pontes


  • jonnybooks

    giddy up!

  • Jim Donnelly

    Great way to capture speed!

  • @locteit


  • Mahbub Shaheed

    Lady on a Bike
    Shailan, Dhamrai, Dhaka, Bangladesh!

  • Mahbub Shaheed

    Lady on a Bike 2
    Shailan, Dhamrai, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Mahbub Shaheed

    Make-Shift Transporter!
    Diesel Engine mounted to make a Transporting vehicle
    Dhamrai, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Mahbub Shaheed

    David & Goliath.. Racing against Bike!

  • Mahbub Shaheed

    Wheels of Motion!!

  • Jrry K
  • Dave

    Playa, Havana Cuba

  • Jude Vincy

    Panning a Mercedez

  • Jude Vincy

    a small panning

  • Burr

    Great day for a ride

  • suttdog37

    This was my first attempt at panning. Downtown San Diego MTS city bus.Let me know what you think.

  • Sarah Demuth

    fun new techniques, enjoyed this one

  • Richard A. Phillips
  • SteveR

    Midget race cars.

  • unni krishnan

    My panning trial during dirt bike race

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