UpSkill | Action Shots

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A few helpful tips on how to capture ACTION
From OWS mod Angela Ramsey
Trying to document your little ones who are always on the move can be challenging. Being a mother of 4, my kids are always on the go and I am either chasing after them for the shot, which I won’t do anymore or just not getting it all.
These are a few things I have learned along the way.
  • Check out your scene. When I am in my backyard, I have my favorite go to spot for photographing my children and I sit there with my beer, camera and a good book and wait. I know they are bound to come within my frame at some point that afternoon and I click away. Sometimes, I find myself drawn to another scene in another place and I walk over, shot it and go back to my book.
  • Close your aperture. While I love pretty, bokeh backgrounds, when my kids are running around like little cheetahs, I have hard time getting them in focus at 2.8. I have a much better field of focus at 5.6. This does mean, I have to pay more attention to my background elements, but I enjoy that they add to my story.
  • Panning. I love to get some neat panning shots of my kids. I find this still to be an experiment. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. With my camera set to manual I have my shutter at 1/40, my f stop at f16 and my ISO to the setting that works bests for me exposure. I TRY, ( Key work here ) to move my hips while the subject goes across my frame. It Doesn’t always work, but it is a fun process and can turn un some super cool images.


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