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Three Tips For Shooting Action
Photographing action is quite challenging, but can also be very rewarding. The keys to success are knowing your camera, knowing your subject...and LOTS of practice. You have to be able to set focus and exposure quickly (or monitor them quickly, if using an automatic camera). In short, you can’t be fumbling around trying to figure out how to apply exposure compensation or switch from single-area AF to multiple-area AF or vice versa while the action is happening. Camera operation must become second-nature.
It’s also very helpful to know as much as possible about your subject,
be it an animal or a sport. The more you know about your subject, the better
you’ll be able to anticipate photo ops, and be ready when they occur.
Learn as much as you can about your subjects from books, online, and other sources,
and by watching them yourself.
TIP 1: Shutter Speed
Tip 2: Panning Techniques
Track your subject through the viewfinder, press the shutter button halfway down to activate the AF system, continue tracking the subject, press the shutter button all the way down to make exposure, and continue tracking the subject (follow-through is important: if you stop tracking the subject when you take the shot, the subject will blur and possibly even move out of frame by the time the camera makes the exposure). Like all action techniques, this one takes practice to master, but the results are worth the effort.
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