Are you frustrated because your action photos, even simple ones of the kids at play, are always blurry?
In this digital photography tutorial for novices, you will lean how to capture a sharp action photo.
You don’t need to be into photographing racing cars, horse races or footy training to benefit from this knowledge – it applies equally to mums and dads taking happy snaps in the backyard of happy children and frolicking pets.
The Down Side of Burst Mode
Most good digital cameras have what is called the burst mode. This can be good for making sure you actually catch the action but do you get a good image?
Burst mode allows you to take pictures really fast – up to 3 frames a second, so you are bound to get an action photo. But of what quality?
When deciding to use burst mode, remember these photos will most likely be shot at lower resolution. High resolution photos have more information to store, so it takes longer. In most cases the flash is also disabled.
These two small things actually present important limitations to your picture quality so you might want to think twice before using burst mode.
Digital Photography Tips to Help Stop The Action
In this product photography tutorials you will find 7 dead easy ways to take better quality action photos using a simple digital camera or your DSLR. None of the methods is very difficult and you will find one or two which are your favorite.
- Anticipate the picture you want. Every digital camera has a different time delay in the shutter, so get to know yours. Having a good feel for the delay in your camera’s shutter will help you plan when to take your action shot.
- Lock in focus and exposure in advance. You can do this by pressing in the shutter button half way a few seconds before the action you want to capture. When you press the shutter button all the way, the camera will already have calculated exposure and focus, which reduces the lag phase even more.
- Turn on the flash. Even if it is daylight, this is a great idea. It will help you freeze the action simply by adding light, so in the old film-speak it is a bit like having a much faster film of say 400ISO.
- Choose shutter priority auto-exposure mode. If your camera has this degree of flexibility, it will help greatly. The select the highest shutter speed the camera will allow for the available light. Just remember if the light is not great, you might not be able to choose a high enough shutter speed. Also remember, with digital photographs, what seems quite underexposed might be fine to print up with enough detail recorded to allow a good image. With overexposure the details is truly lost.
- Lower your image resolution. The smaller the image file, the quicker the camera can record the shot, so the quicker it is ready to take another photo. This way you might get a second chance at capturing the action.
- Turn off automatic playback. It wastes time and power. Take a peek at your images when the job is done.
- Keep camera turned on. Most cameras take a few seconds to fire up when turned on, so keep it handy. Also, be sure you have fresh batteries in.