Who doesn’t need tips for taking better action shots? No matter how hard I try to capture the perfect shot, it always seems to result in a blurred image of what used to be my child when I look at the image on the monitor. I’ve tried all the different settings and still struggle to capture those moments in time. After years of trying to perfect things, I think I’ve finally managed to take some pretty great shots.
How to Take Action Shots with Your Camera
Whether you are a professional sports photographer, a soccer mom, or trying to catch some good shots while on vacation taking “action” shots i.e. where the “subject” is moving can be very challenging. We put together a list of tips that can be great refresher for those familiar and a good starting point for a beginner.
1. Learn your camera’s manual settings
The most important tool in your kit is knowledge of your camera’s manual settings. An action photographer must know how to maximize the light and depth of field and ensure fast action is caught clearly by choosing the best aperture and shutter speed.
Shutter speed ensures you capture the action and should be the highest priority setting. All other settings can be adjusted around the desired shutter speed. The faster the shutter speed, the sharper the subject will be.
2. Maximize your time with shutter priority
It can be tough to adjust settings on the fly. Reduce guesswork by selecting shutter priority on your camera. This will ensure that you can choose the best shutter speed for your subject – from team to extreme sports – and know that the image will be properly exposed.
3. Get familiar with ISO
When the light is challenging, it pays to know ISO. A dim fluorescent-lit gym can be a nightmare for most, but if you know that a higher ISO will allow a fast shutter speed in poor light, you are already ahead of the game.