Photography Special Effects by Zooming

by Linda Eodice

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Special Effect by Zooming
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How to Create Photography Special Effects by Zooming

The most common result of this technique – called zooming or racking your lens – is the appearance of strong lines radiating out from the center of interest. This can give your pictures a real sense of motion, even with an inanimate subject. Although you can shoot zoomed lens exposures during the daytime, this technique really produces exciting patterns of lights at night.

To create a zoomed photo:

- You must use a slow shutter speed – preferably ½ second or longer.

- I’ve used this technique with and without a tripod, but I recommend using one to avoid getting any additional camera movement during the long exposure.

- Zoom through the full range of focal lengths for maximum results, or zoom your lens just part way if you prefer – you’ll get interesting effects either way.

- Try zooming from the shortest focal length to the longest, or vice versa.

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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for BetterPhoto.com (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphic’s Buyer’s Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitor’s center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.