Motion photography is sometimes incredibly difficult to master depending on your subject and the amount of movement/light available. Here are a few tips on how to capture high speed action in your stills. No more excuses for blurry motion on your images.
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No. 1 – Prep.
Make sure that you know what you are looking for in your image – where you are wanting your subject to be placed and how you want the surroundings framed. Make sure you think about your lighting and obstructions that may get in the way of your images.
No. 2 – Higher Shutter.
The higher your shutter is, the sharper the motion you capture will be. This will however cause your image to be much darker, so you may have to bump up your ISO in order to compensate for the lack of light.
No. 3 – Higher Aperture.
The higher your aperture (F-Stop), the easier it will be for you to follow your focal point around your surroundings. Unless you are incredibly experienced, it can prove quite difficult to be shooting at F/1.2 and have a child running around at different distances from you. It’s worth easing yourself into the lower aperture field rather than diving head in only to realise that half of your images are blurry.
No. 4 – Burst mode is your best friend.
Make sure your camera is set to burst mode. Burst mode is where your camera will take multiple images in quick succession. When you are dealing with motion-heavy situations, this might just be your saving grace.
No. 5 – Consider a flash.
If you are working in a low light scenario (such as a darkly lit hall), but you are still expected to capture high-speed action (for instance, dancing at a wedding) – consider bringing an extra light source so that you are able to cope with the low-light conditions yet still deliver great quality. I recommend (depending on the kind of photography which you specialise in) looking into the Canon Speedlite 600 EX II-RT or some heavier lighting kit if you are an in-studio photographer, such as this Neewer Studio Light Kit.
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Viivi here. You may see my name on a few posts around here. I’m a photographer currently based in Plymouth, UK. I travel with Viivi N. Media worldwide covering weddings, engagements, portraits and family shoots. Head over to our Facebook group and let’s have a chat!