37 Action sampling

Sequenced images

Kevin Meredith

The Idea

When you take a photograph you are freezing a moment in time so you can preserve it forever, but what if you want to show movement? You could slow down your shutter speed, but then the subject will be motion-blurred and you will lose detail that you might have wanted to capture. You will also have to worry about tripods and camera shake. There is an easier way-action sampling. For action sampling you take a few photos over a period of time and display the resulting images together.

Playing Child

Action sampling shows the playful nature of children to great effect.

The Ingredients

  • ▶ Action Sampler or similar camera
  • ▶ Moving subject [or moving camera]

The Process

The reason I call this ...

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