How To Shoot The Best Action Shots
Whether you're photographing your kids' soccer game or just taking pictures of your family playing at the park, action shots can be difficult at first. By adjusting your camera settings and following these basic tips, however, you can take beautiful action shots every time.
Do's and don'ts
Erin Myers of Erin N. Myers Photography offers these pointers on taking action shots:
Tricks and secrets
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:
Tips from the pros
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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