Chapter 9

Photographing Action


Bullet Looking at camera settings designed for action photography

Bullet Choosing the right shutter speed to freeze or blur motion

Bullet Recording a burst of continuous images

Bullet Taking advantage of continuous autofocus

Bullet Giving yourself a focus safety net through depth of field

Bullet Panning to create interesting backgrounds

To most people, the term “action photography” implies the sort of pictures you see in sports magazines — a tack-sharp image of a basketball star dunking the ball or a marathon winner frozen mid-stride, crossing the finish line.

If that describes your action photography goals, the tips in this chapter will help you get there. But I also invite you to broaden your definition of what constitutes an action shot. In short, if your subject is moving, even a little bit, the techniques covered in this chapter apply. Try them when you’re shooting in a ...

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