Practice on moving bicycle. Use slow shutter speed, for example 1/30s (and set aperture accordingly for correct exposure). Set focus distance (I prefer manual focus). Follow the bicycle, and press the shutter release. Try to maintain so the bicycle is in one place.
Mine all frozen :cry: 1st time at the F1 and all crab shots. Either it's frozen or all shaky...it's not as easy as it looks. Try shooting the normal cars on the road first..Get the feel then only attempt faster moving items. If possible shoot a marathon then progress to a bicycle race then to cars.
A noob attempt at panning for me. I decided to practice at singapore river at night since the boats are pretty slow. its a good place to be just a little dark. maybe if u go in evening the best, many many boats to practice on.
1. used a slik 340dx to pan on a single plane
2. used 1/5 shutter speed. this is not the sharpest pic i have, can be improved. experiment see what type of shutter speed for different speeds of subject.
3. its my personal opinion (or is it reeally a fact) that panning is easier when the subject is smaller in the frame. i.e. use wide angle lens easier to get subject sharp while bg streaked. i dunno but thats my experience.
4. holding a cable release on other hand, shooting continuous. for newbie like me shoot many many then try to get at least a couple of good ones among all the rest.
Personally, i use shutter priority set to around 1/80 or 1/100. (for cars @ 60km/hr). It should be good enough to get a sharp image while maintaining the blur.
trying to keep your hands steady while panning will definitely help.
Try experimenting to get the effects which you want.
Select a single AF point and try to keep that AF point on the same place on the subject as you are following it with your camera. For example, keep the AF point on the rider/driver's face, etc. Make sure your AF mode is set to servo/continuous. I also find that it's easier to track with the camera held freehand and the tracking done by rotating at the waist rather than turning your hands/neck/head, etc. Lock your elbows, arms onto your body to stabilise yourself (ie. have only 1 point of movement, your waist). Don't try to immediately jump onto a subject and try to track it. What you can do is anticipate when the subject will come into frame earlier abit, wait there, pick up the subject as it enters your frame and start tracking from there. And yes, burst as many shots as possible as this increases your chances of sharp, focused shots. Eh, and of course, as everyone has been saying, practice makes perfect. It is possible to snap 300km/h powerboats zipping past with 1/30s.