As the saying goes: “Painting is an art of addition, and photography is an art of subtraction.”

The quality of photography depends on the creativity of the photographer. It is the photographer’s job to express the subject in the real world in the simplest through different composition methods, shooting experience, and inspiration at the moment of real-time shooting.

The author believes that many beginners have climbed through many columns of photography in this state, and naturally have related basic concepts about photography. Please keep in mind that photography is an art with a wide range of creative freedom. Don’t swallow the basic photography techniques. Try to add a little more creativity when taking photos. This way, beginners can take a good moving picture!

Now let me first introduce how you can use your zoom lens to create a very special shooting technique: exposure zoom shooting method, commonly known as pull-out.

As the name suggests, “Exposure Zoom” uses the characteristics of a zoom lens. While shooting with an appropriate slow shutter, the photographer quickly turns the zoom ring, which causes a change in the focus of the surrounding scenes during exposure except for the main character of the photo, which then turned into linear diffusion dynamic photography. Through this shooting method, taking the viewer through the space and time in the photo, the sense of time movement often also attracts the viewer to focus on the subject in the fixed point.

“Exposure zoom photography” can be divided into two different shooting methods. One is to change the wide-angle end of the lens to the telephoto end (diffusing from the center point inward). The other is exactly the opposite, using the telephoto end of the lens to change to the wide-angle end (diffusion from the center point). Of course, each of these two shooting methods has different effects. The success rate of shooting is very focused on slow shutter speed, the stability of two-handed shooting, and the subject in the photo.

The picture above uses the wide-angle end of the lens to transform into the telephoto, so that the photo has a dynamic sense of speed, and the background diffuses from the outside to the inside. Because the scene seems to have no end, using the “exposure zoom shooting method” can bring out a dynamic sense of shuttle through time and space.

The upper and lower images are the opposite, using the telephoto end of the lens to change to the wide-angle end, and the background diffuses from the inside to the outside.

Key points of “Exposure Zoom”:

1) Set the camera to Shutter Priority first.

By Ryan Mak

By Ryan Mak

Shutter Priority mode helps fix the shutter at a slower speed, allowing photographers to change the focal length over long exposure times.

2) Set the shutter speed from 1/15 to 1/20.

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By Ryan Mak

If the shutter speed is set slower than 1/15, during exposure, photographers are more likely to destroy the beauty of the photo due to the vibration of the hand when turning the zoom ring.

3) Frame the picture, then focus on the subject and keep the shutter button pressed halfway. Take another breath and, while pressing the shutter button, quickly turn the zoom ring.

By Ryan Mak

By Ryan Mak

An ordinary scene, the appropriate use of “exposure zoom” can bring out an extraordinary feeling! You try it too.

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Author: Alex Tam