Erin Myers of Erin N. Myers Photography offers these pointers on taking action shots:
Play around with your camera to find the optimal settings for action shots. You will need to adjust the shutter speed to capture clear photos. Generally, a shutter speed of 1/250 second or faster will allow you to take quality action shots. If your shutter speed is still too slow, increase the ISO level on your camera as well to improve the quality. When you are taking action shots, press the shutter button when your subject is at the peak of movement. At this millisecond, there is usually a brief freeze of motion.
Arieanna Schweber, mother of two-year-old Aiden, offers this advice:
"Take lots of photos! Since you're shooting digital, there is no such thing as 'too many' photos. Even with quick cameras, some shots may be blurry or poorly lit. More photos equal more chances of getting the right shot. If I'm shooting an action shot of my son, I try to stay in a fixed position (as much as possible) so that my body movement is not another factor affecting the photo.
"I find action shots difficult to capture indoors because our lighting is not great. When the lighting is poor, the camera has to work harder to focus, and often the quality comes out a lot worse or the camera gets slowed down so I don't even get the shot. For action indoors, I mostly use the flash on the DSLR or take video on my iPhone instead."
For the best action shots, consider upgrading your camera if you normally use a point-and-shoot. "If you are looking for a simple-to-use DSLR, I recommend the Nikon D3000," explains Myers. "It's great for beginners because it is pretty simple and it has a guide function that explains the basics for shooting in the non-auto modes. The image quality is very good, especially with upgraded lens options."
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