Despite its static nature, photography is a wonderful medium for capturing motion: a runner caught midstride, long streaks of headlights from passing cars, the lovely blur of rushing water from a swollen creek. In fact, when done well, I think a photograph can convey the hustle and rush of the world around us even more effectively than video.
For this month’s P.E.T. Photo Challenge, submit an image that captures some type of motion. This is a great opportunity to become more familiar with your camera’s Shutter Priority or Manual modes. A fast shutter can stop action in its tracks, while leaving the shutter open longer creates the beautiful ghosting effect of motion blur.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some links to helpful tutorials and examples:
- For a breakdown of different ways to photograph motion with your camera, read Derrick Story’s article “Take Control of Motion.”
- You’ll also find some helpful tips and interesting ideas in Emily Hancock’s article from the Digital Photography School website. I love the composited image of a woman jumping at the end of the article.
- For a little creative inspiration, check out Smashing Magazine’s collection of 45 Beautiful Motion Blur Photos.
- Want to add motion blur to your image after the fact? Larry Becker shows you how to create the illusion of motion in Elements. Matt Kloskowski also has a quick trick for adding motion blur to a waterfall.
Any subscriber can participate in the monthly P.E.T. Photo Challenge. In addition to photographs, you can also submit collages or other images you’ve created in Photoshop Elements. Submissions must follow a few simple guidelines:
- You must take the photo within the challenge month (after all, there’s not much challenge in digging through your library to find an old photo)
- You must own the rights to any image you submit. (If you use third-party frames or embellishments, please make sure this usage is allowed under the sale terms.)
- You are encouraged to interpret the theme creatively, but keep in mind that photos that seem entirely unrelated may get overlooked.
You can submit your entries to either the P.E.T. Gallery or Elements Village Gallery as you would for Subscriber Showcase. When uploading your image to the Elements Village Gallery, please enter the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown (without the quotes) in the Keywords field. For the P.E.T. Gallery, please enter “Photo-Challenge” in the Description field when uploading the photo.
When the month is over, we’ll showcase our favorite entries on the website. A few entries may also be featured in the magazine. Our selections for the October Reflection challenge will be online around the 15th. You can also see the top picks for our August Shadow challenge and September Morning challenge.