As a parent or grandparent to young children, you likely find yourself taking a lot of action photos. Maybe you’re shooting from the sidelines at your son’s baseball games, or snapping away from the audience of your granddaughter’s ballet recitals.
So how can you capture your kids and pets clearly, amidst all their chaos? There are several things you can do to improve your action photos and get those clear, sharp shots every time—no matter how fast your subject is moving.
Use a fast shutter speed
If your camera has the capability, use its preset Sport Mode or utilize the Shutter Priority setting to increase your shutter speed. The faster your shutter closes, the more likely you are to capture a clear shot of a fast-moving subject.
Pay attention to lighting
To improve your camera’s shutter speed and help it capture a scene quickly and clearly, good lighting is vital. If there is not enough natural ambient light in the environment, try using your flash. While this can sometimes wash out the scene, it’s certainly better than getting blurry shots. Generally, outdoor photos taken on a sunny day are best for action photography.
Always capture more photos than you need
You’re only limited by the amount of space on your camera’s memory card—and these days, that’s a lot of space—so shoot away! This is the best tactic if you don’t have enough time to review the photos on your camera screen.
To ensure you capture the best moments in the action, take pictures quickly. Many cameras have a Continuous Mode feature that allows you to depress the shutter button and take several photos in quick succession.
Great action shots can be difficult to achieve, but with these tips you’ll be a pro in no time! You may even end up being the designated photographer for you son’s soccer team. With all the great photos you’ll capture, you can even create an action packed soccer team photo book. At the end of the year, you can also use some of the action packed team photos for the end of the season soccer party invitations.
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