In photography, panning refers to the horizontal movement or rotation of a still or video camera, or the scanning of a subject horizontally on video or a display device.
Panning is the act of tracking the subject with the camera, whilst taking a single, or multiple shots. Trial and error is the best approach. 15 successful shots from one hundred attempts does not sound like much, but you are doing well if you achieve this. The advantage of this digital age is that you can “bin” anything you don’t need – at the end of the day, if you get one truly memorable image, the viewer won’t know, or even care, how many goes it took you to get it.
So I made Alan run. I made Alan swing on the zip line. I made him race down a hill on a bike. I had Alan and David run, and I had David run by himself. Do you know how very difficult it is to get a subject into focus while it's moving? It's hard. You shake the camera and I have the sneaking suspicion that when I press the button, I hold still for just a fraction of a second - which blurs the subject, of course.
No, 15 out of 100 sounds an awful lot to me now. I made 148 pictures and got 2 (TWO) that are sort of okay. They don't blow me away, mind you. (Okay, some shots were of babies in hammocks and adorable 4-year-old's in a sandbox, but still. 148!) I can show you one:
I love the look of concentration on his face. He was getting tired but he was a good sport about being chased around the backyard by a woman with a camera. It was a cool exercise and it's always good to try a new technique but it's not my thing.