The zoom effect is the oldest photography trick that not many people know about it.

Zoom Effect Sydney Harbour Bridge Vivid Sydney 2022

While I was taken Timelapse photos of Vivid Sydney I like to experiment a little bit with my photography. One of the trick that makes your photos stands out among the crowd is the zoom effect.

It is the oldest photography trick in the book and only a few knew it. Until now anyway. Some new photographer have never heard of such trick. The old photographers either dead and/or bring the secrets to the grave.

Tradition long exposure 60 Seconds

So how do you do a zoom effect you might ask? You need zoom lens and a tripod. And lots of practice. So anyone with a kit lens can do this trick but depends on your camera manufacturer the kit lens might not be as good for zooming in and out.

Gear aside let’s talk about how we are going to do this. You still need good composition and the rule of photography still applies. You’re doing a zoom effect but have the photography rule on mind.

Notice the Foot of the Bridge is still sharp

Step 1 exposure for half the length of the exposure.

Step 2 Zoom the lens for the rest of the exposure.

Yes that is how simple it is to do zoom effect. But some people will want a formula so here it is from experience. Start with this exposure then experiment to your own taste.

ISO 100, Aperture F8, Shutter Speed 6 seconds

Three seconds is for step one because we want a somewhat sharp image so the audiences know what it is. Presume you are taken a well known landmark like the Harbour Bridge in the examples.

Three seconds for step two which you are going to zoom the lens while the camera is still exposing for the image. Yes you have to find the right subject and a lot of experiment.

Vivid Sydney Many Colours On The Coat Hanger

This trick is old as the first zoom lens was invented. So go ahead and experiment away. So no matter where you go, you my friend will have a unique photographs for your personal enjoyment.


Published by Travis Chau

I'm a freelance makeup artist from Sydney, Australia. If you hang around creative people long enough you well get the bug to create as well. So now I am into photography, timelapse photography and maybe video/film later.

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