Photographing sports and action is all about speed. Discover how to set up your camera to capture sharp, detailed photos full of excitement and drama.
Action and sports photography is challenging but very exciting. The key to getting good pictures is to set your camera up properly before the event begins, so that when things kick off you can forget about your settings and focus on the action.
The following camera settings are an excellent place to start. They work well in all situations and will help you get sharp, detailed photos with plenty of atmosphere and interest.
Exposure is controlled by shutter speed, aperture, and ISO speed. “Stops” let you directly compare and swap these to produce the image you want.
In photography, a “stop” is a widely misunderstood concept, feared by many because it sounds so complicated. However, it’s actually very simple:
A stop is a doubling or halving of the amount of light let in when taking a photo.
For example, if you hear a photographer say he’s going to increase his exposure by 1 stop, he simply means he’s going to capture twice as much light as on the previous shot. Read More
The rule of thirds is an essential photography technique. It can be applied to any subject to improve the composition and balance of your images.
The rule of thirds is one of the most useful composition techniques in photography. It’s an important concept to learn as it can be used in all types of photography to produce images which are more engaging and better balanced.
Of course, rules should never be applied blindly, particularly in art, so you should think of it more as a handy “rule of thumb” rather than one that’s set in stone. However, it will produce a pleasing photo more often than not, and is an excellent starting point for any composition. Read More
Shutter speed is a great tool for perfecting exposure, controlling blurring, and creating interesting effects. Discover what it is and how to use it.
I’ve always believed that in photography, you should avoid getting bogged down in the technical side of your hobby, and focus on developing your creative talent. However, there are certain technical elements that are essential to getting a good photo – shutter speed is one of them.
Shutter speed is 1 of the 3 elements (along with aperture and ISO speed) that determine a photo’s exposure. It also controls how sharp your photos are, and lets you introduce lots of interesting creative effects into your shots. Let’s look at what it is, why it’s important, and how you can use it. Read More