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Tricks for Freezing Action in Images

November 23, 2015 12:54 pm

Trying to freeze objects in motion while taking pictures is a challenge that requires timing, concentration, and skill. Capturing the action in photography requires practice, preparation and a few tricks that can help you create amazing images.

Shutter speed

To freeze moving objects in your images, select shutter-priority mode, so you’re in charge of the camera’s shutter speed. Set a fast shutter speed and alter it as needed depending on the subject’s speed. To utilize a fast shutter speed effectively, set a high ISO in all conditions except the brightest lighting. Start at ISO 800 and adjust from there.

Continuous focusing mode

Capturing action means that you can’t always predict where your subject matter moves, so you need to pre-set your camera to continuous focusing mode (AF-C). In AF-C mode, the camera continues to refocus the entire time you’re half-pressing the shutter release. This allows you to track the movement of your subjects and then press down fully to take the photograph. Setting the autofocus area mode to single-point and selecting the central point gives you dependable focus in inadequate light and a better chance of tracking your moving subject.

Drive mode

Set the camera drive mode to continuous for fast moving subjects, so it takes a series of images when you depress the shutter. If your camera has a high and low-speed drive mode, select the high option.

JPEG file

Although shooting RAW format images allows greater editing in processing, it’s inefficient for capturing the action. Opt instead for JPEG file format to get the maximum frame rate and clear the image buffer quickly to enable faster shooting during the action.

On location changes

You need to be ready to adjust the presets when you’re on location on the day of shooting to ensure that you capture and freeze action properly. Check the ISO setting to see that it’s high enough for a shutter speed that’s fast enough to freeze action. To do this, aim the camera where you’ll be shooting and half-press the shutter to check the metering and make sure there’s enough light for the desired exposure. Take some test shots of your subject and adjust according to capture sharp images. Keep your chosen focus point on your subject so you can track its movement during shots and select automatic white balance for freezing fast action.

After you’ve captured some amazing fast action images, it’s time to slow down and take the time to develop and display them with professional, high-quality printing, mounting and framing from Baboo Digital.

Featured image by Nick Harris