More on FAQ #1407

1407. Why doesn’t motion blur disqualify a photograph from TCQ?

Why should it?

• Motion blur is as old as photography itself (motion blur was proportionally more prevalent in the 1800s than it is today)

• Genuine motion blur is so familiar to the public that it is not considered deceptive (see the Q4 tab here)

• For many subjects for example, a speeding race car or a waterfall some motion blur often looks more realistic to viewers than the use of an extremely high shutter speed that makes the subject look “frozen still”


But note that TCQ’s allowance only applies to blur caused by changes in the relationship between subject and camera.

Apparent motion blur produced any other way — on a computer, by zooming during the exposure, by using filters, etc. — renders a photograph ineligible to qualify as TCQ.

For details, see the guide to motion photography