Weekly Photography Assignment: Panning

bird in flight

Each week we’ll be giving you a theme that you can submit a photo for, and we’ll choose our two favourites to be featured on the Nature TTL website. Participating in these assignments will be a great way for you to force yourself to push the boundaries of your photography and improve together as a community on the website.

Week 80: Panning

Our theme this week is Panning. This week I want you to try out the infamous panning technique. This is a fantastic way to create motion in photos, and will turn a typical action shot into something totally different. It’s not just used in wildlife photography – even a very famous image of Usain Bolt crossing the finish line was shot with this technique.

Here are some tips for you:

Submit Your Photo

To enter your photo to this assignment, add it in the comments below this post. By submitting your photo, you are giving us permission to feature your photo the following week if it is chosen as one of our favourites. Please keep images under 2MB in size otherwise you may have difficulty uploading them.

weekly photo assignment
To enter your photo, look at the comments at the bottom of the page and press the ‘Upload Image’ button.

Here are some guidelines to keep things running smoothly:

  • Photos must be your own work
  • Please enter no more than 3 photos per week
  • Please only enter photos taken within the week of the assignment
  • Include a description with your photo and tell us a bit about it!

You have until next Tuesday, 22nd May, to submit your photo.

Last Week’s Favourite

Here’s our favourite entry from last week’s assignment, Wide-angles. You can view all of the entries here.

Photo by Iain Macleod

I really liked the lighting and textures in this shot. The foreground has the perfect amount of light, drawing the eye to it and allowing you to spread out through the shot. The way the foreground rocks intersect the water in the middle of the frame is important – if they didn’t, I think a strip of water crossing the entire image would make for a less effective composition, providing a “barrier” to the eye as it moves through the shot. The mountains are topped with light to highlight them, and that beautiful sky is subtle but full of atmosphere. Brilliant image.



Migration Speed by Mario Moreno on 500px.com


musical moods of flights by wanderlust on 500px.com


Images embedded from 500px.com

Good luck!


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