Some time between my week absence, I received an email asking about how to take action shots. I laughed at first then I get flattered. I’m no expert or professional in photography. I just think that are so many bloggers that are more apt and knowledgeable about the subject. Most of the time I rely solely on my eye and my snapping finger, and that’s it. :D Sometimes, I just click away without setting the camera and the result still comes out good.
I just really want to be courteous and respond to the inquiry. I’ll try to share the little that I know.
Let’s start with the interesting part. When there is a lot of movements, you gonna want to set the shutter speed, 1/1000th or higher. Set the focus mode to Continuous for Nikon or Servo for Canon.
Don’t panic! Let’s take it easy. Seriously, don’t panic if you want to capture a split-second moment. The No-No’s are similar to shooting a gun. Don’t jerk the trigger. Keep in mind your breathIng. Do not anticipate – once you click, it doesn’t mean you’re done, keep the camera steady.
Do not just click and click. Trigger-happy with action shots is not advised. You can lightly press on the button, hold your finger, wait for the white square to turn green, and then you can squeeze the trigger. That will help eliminate blurriness.
I never used a tripod, so I say nothng of it. Word in the blogosphere that it helps you get a clear shot, and you don’t have to worry about the above suggestions.
ISO speed is for sentivity of light and fineness. The lower you set it, the finer it gets.
Let’s take a break.
Let’s keep moving. :)
Your mode dial should be in Tv/Time Value for Canon or Shutter Priority for Nikon.
If everything fails, set it to Sports- the one with the running guy. That will save you so much headaches. :D
If you have lenses, I usually use my zoom lenses. That way you can really capture the inches of what your subject makes. Just don’t go too near, shoot from a distance.
Finally, let’s make it fun. Who cares about the blurriness? You actually want your picture some blurriness. That will show how fast your subject is moving. :D
Last but not the least, remember to experiment on your own. ;)
Again, I don’t know how professionals do their magic, but that’s how I do mine. Information I gave here are not very solid. Oh well, take it or leave it. ;)
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