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”

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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