How to Do Blur Effects With Your Lens

 How to do Zoom Blur

This time I will show you tow simple and effective trick for blurred  photos.

For this tricks you need to use a tripod.

You need to put the focus in manual mode.

Blur Effect Manual Mode

You need to set the exposure time at 1-2sec.
The easiest way to set the exposure is to set your camera settings on  time value mode (TV) . 

 Exposure & Time Value Blur Effect

1. Focus Blur Effect

For this effect you can use any lens on manual focus.
Focus on something and take the shot.

The long exposure will give you time to play with the focus ring (go out of focus in the shoot time).

out of focu Blur Effect
 ISO 100, 135mm, f/36, 1.0sec

 focus blur effect
  ISO 100, 135mm, f/36, 1.0sec

Before Focus Blur Effect
  ISO 100, 135mm, f/36, 1.0sec

Focus Blur Effect
 ISO 100, 135mm, f/36, 1.0sec

2. Zoom Blur Effect.

For this effect you need to use a lens with zoom.
When you take the shot, simply zoom in or zoom out.

The result will be something like this :
without zoom effect
Zomm blur effect
  ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec 

with zoom effect
zoom blur effect
  ISO 100, 135 mm, f/36, 1.0 sec  (zoom out)

without zoom effect 
zoom blur effect
   ISO 100, 106 mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec

with zoom effect
Zoom Blur Effect on a Clock
  ISO 100, 135 mm, f/29, 1.0 sec  (zoom out)

For post editing I'll use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Zoom Blur Effect Lightroom editing

There isn't a perfect prescription for how to edit a picture.

For this picture I changed the following:

To make the front clock  more visible
  • Recovery  74 
  • blacks 8    
  • brightness +47
  • contrast  +100  
  • clarity +80  
Tone Curve
  • highlights  +52
  • lights +12
  • darks -22
  • shadows -85
HSL ( Hue, saturation, luminance)
The blacks and the contrast  will saturate the colors
  • saturation  yellow -45 the blacks and the contrast  
  • luminance  blue -25
Noise reduction 
  • luminance 32
  • details 100
Post-Crop Vignetting
  • amount -5

I hope this will be useful.   Have fun.

If you have any questions leave me a comment.


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