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How-To Shoot Action Photography Like a Pro

2013-07-30 22:06:51 GMT

Looking for ways to get great action shots? Whether you are into sports photography or getting great action shots of the kids, these 6 tips will get you started!

Shooting in Jpeg.
Because jpeg files are much smaller than RAW files most DSLRs can capture more frames per second with this format.

Shoot in burst mode.
Action photography is just as it sounds, action. To get the best shot set your camera to burst mode to take at least 3 shots with one click of the button.

Pre plan your shot.
Pick your location early. If you’re at a sporting event that you know really well, station yourself where you know all the action will be. This way you’ll have the best opportunity for more great shots.

Give the subject space to move.
Many action shots are often off-centered, as this shows more movement in your photograph. If you are at a track and field event try and capture your subject so he/she is running into the center of your frame.

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Pottier

Try panning.
Panning is the horizontal movement of the camera as it scans a moving object. In a car race, you would move the camera in line with the car to create a blurred background. The photo example above is the opposite, the train is moving and the camera is still therefore the subject blurred.

Consider the lighting.
Light is important to action photography. If you’re at an indoor event with low light just raise your ISO. If you are experiencing strange colorcasts in your images, try adjusting your White Balance settings until the image looks normal on your LCD screen.

And last but not least, practice makes perfect! With all kinds of action photography, reactions must be quick, and techniques need to be mastered. So get out there and practice, practice, practice and don’t be discouraged by the amount of blurred photos you begin with, they will improve with each attempt.