This week, I want to talk about taking action photos that capture the feeling of motion instead of stopping it.
Remember, you have to have a higher ISO 800 or above to stop motion in action shots.
If you want to capture the movement of the action, you need an ISO 100 or 200.
There are generally 2 ways to take a moving action shot. Either the subject is moving or the photographer is moving.
Here is an example of me moving while the subject is still.
I was riding in our convertible in the mountains. I used ISO 100 while hubby was driving around 50 m/h (80 km/h). I held the camera up over the windshield and took the shot. (Don't ever try this if you're the one driving.)
Notice that the very center is clear while everything else is streaked.
The shutter speed was 1/50 of a second. Because of the car speed, the camera couldn't take a crisp clear shot. But that's okay because I wanted this feel of motion.
In this second shot, the subject was moving and I was in one spot.
While I was in one spot for this photo, I was panning with my son as he ran past. He's not totally in focus, but I love this shot of him and his boundless energy. I used ISO 100 or 200 for this picture.
In the third and forth shots, you can use see the affect of using your zoom function while taking a picture.
So, some blur in pictures can be good. It can show motion and speed. But you still have to have enough clear so others can see the point of the photo.
ASSIGNMENT: Try taking action shots BEFORE you need to. Grab your camera and try it out today. Get your pet to run past you. Borrow a pet to run past you. Find someone to run past you and pan with the, Try the technique using the zoom feature on an indoor light. Feel free to leave me a link to any shots you take, or tag me on Instagram. (@MaryFDenman)
FOR BLOGGERS: The world of blogging is forever changing. You need to move with what's going on. You don't want to stand still and have life pass you by. So keep learning, whether it's how to write better blog posts, how to improve your photography or how to use Social Media more efficiently. (I recommend Edie Melson's blog for that.) Be active and engaged with your audience.
FOR CELL PHONE CAMERA USERS: You can use your phone to pan with your subject as they move past you, but unless you have an app that allows you to control the shutter speed, you wouldn't be able to accomplish #3,4.
Hope these tips help.
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