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I have recently learnt about panning photography on the internet and I was curious about capturing one myself,

But as an amateur I just own a Point and shoot camera (Samsung SL30),

I have experimented through it thoroughly and the only scene mode with longer shutter speed is Fireworks mode(4s),

But when I used this mode to take a panning photograph, all I got was an Over Exposed image,

How can I take a panning photograph with a point and shoot camera?

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Which point and shoot do you have? –  Rowland Shaw Oct 30 '11 at 19:17
    
I use Samsung SL30 –  vivek_jonam Oct 30 '11 at 19:22
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You still need to expose your photograph correctly. So if you're taking a panning photograph in bright light you have to either use a very narrow aperture or a filter, or both. Of course with a P&S camera, both those are difficult: you may have no control over the aperture at all, and there may be no easy way to attach a filter. If that's the case, you'll have to take your panning photographs in darker lighting.

You don't need ultra-long shutter speeds like 4 seconds, though: my picture here was only 1/15 of a second. If you are closer to your subject and it's moving faster, you can probably get away with an even faster shutter speed.

One thing you could try, although I've never tried this and it may be too awkward to pan steadily, is hold your sunglasses in front of the lens as you pan, as a makeshift neutral density filter.

Finally, if you try taking panning photographs in darker light in order to achieve the longer shutter speeds, your camera will probably increase its ISO to prevent camera shake, which is the opposite of what you want (since panning is, in one sense, controlled camera shake). If your camera has a mode that lets you force the ISO to its lowest value, you probably want to use that mode.

Of course, I hope you've also read this answer -- maybe all you need to do with your camera is leave it in Auto mode, zoom in as far as you can, and take pictures of nearby, fast-moving objects.

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