To make better pictures, add more motion:

Why does motion make better photos?

Motion is more dynamic, with more energy and power!

Real life is in motion. Thus, my theory is this:

Photographing objects that evoke a spirit of movement engages you more as a viewer!


1. Body movement

2. Blur

3. Distance

Someone actively walking away from you:

Tension between two subjects:

4. Taking photos while your subject is moving around

In this picture, I was photographing Cindy at a bridge in Hue, Vietnam. I first framed her head in-between the leading lines in the background, then asked Cindy to shake her head around:

Note the leading lines in magenta, and Cindy’s face in cyan:

5. Active motion (subject turning around to face you):

6. Photographing your subject head-on, while they walk towards you

Shot on Leica M9, 35mm, with flash (while subject is walking towards me), at 1/12th shutter speed (slow).

With arrows drawn in Photoshop:

motion photography

7. Leading lines in the background

Find a background with interesting leading lines, and use the ‘fishing technique‘ — wait for your subject to enter the frame:

8. Curve


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