21 Clever Motion Photos


Motion in photography refers to the technique of capturing the sense of movement or the illusion of action in a still image. It adds a dynamic element to photographs, allowing viewers to experience the energy, speed, or flow of a subject. There are two primary approaches to capturing motion in photography – freezing motion and motion blur.

We'll explore both approaches with the following 21 photos!

Also, don't forget that capturing motion is also about amazing composition. If you’d like to get better at photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, you should take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced composition.

motion street photography
Copyright Brendan Church
hair freeze movement
Copyright Tyler Nix
Copyright Ben Collins
grass moving
Copyright Hans Isaacson
Copyright Sam Pearce
ocean waves
Copyright Avi Richards
shimmering water
Copyright Austris Augustus
people moving
Copyright Tadas Petrokas
intentional camera movement
Copyright Visax
concert audience
Copyright Colin Lloyd
Copyright Kelvin Zyteng

Advanced Composition will ensure you create motion shots that pop. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that will truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to improve your composition skills and learn concepts that go beyond the rule of thirds, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide.

long exposure street photography
Copyright Kyndall Ramirez
dancer motion
Copyright Cintia Matteo
intentional camera movement
Copyright Hans Isaacson
hair in the wind
Copyright Ilya Shishikhin
beach at sunset
Copyright Clay LeConey
smoke motion photography
Copyright Engin Akyurt
flower photography macro motion
Copyright Dustin Humes
kids playing motion photography
Copyright Vazgen Harutyunyan
twirling white dress
Copyright Vadim Koza
moving grass
Copyright Mikita Yo

We hope you've enjoyed these inspiring motion shots. If you want to improve your photography composition and learn new strategies, take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. 

Further Resources:

  1. 4 Fun Ways To Show Motion In Your Photos
  2. How To Harness The Art Of Motion In Photography
  3. How to Capture Outstanding Motion Photos With Panning
  4. 15 Impressive Long Exposure Photographs That Beautifully Capture Motion
  5. 3 Basic Methods Of Capturing Motion In Photography
  6. Here’s Why Motion In Photography Produces Such Compelling Images

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Jasenka is a photographer with a background in web design. You can find out more about her on her website, see some of her newest images at 500px or get to know her better here.

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