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Action Photography: 6 Tips for Shooting Moving Subjects
by Eguaogie Eghosa Dec 06, 2021 Views (250)
One of the most technically difficult aspects of photography is photographing moving subjects. Action photography, like outdoor photography, necessitates meticulous planning ahead of time. You'll also need to be quite familiar with your camera and equipment. Of course, luck plays a role, but for many action photographers, that's part of the fun.

What distinguishes action photography from other forms of photography?
Capturing subjects in motion is what action photography is all about. Wildlife and sports photography are common examples, although the approaches can be applied to a wide range of subjects. Whatever you're shooting, proper planning and a solid understanding of your subject are essential for action photography.

Essential Equipment for Action Photography
Because action photography is one of the most technically demanding types of photography, having the correct gear is essential.

1. The usage of huge telephoto lenses is common among action photographers. If you intend to photograph team sports such as soccer or football, you'll need a lens with a long focal length, such as a 70–300mm telephoto lens. Here's how to pick the best telephoto lens for your needs.
2. If you're going to use a telephoto lens, make sure you have a solid tripod or monopod with you.
3. A rapid memory card: The faster the write speed of your memory card, the faster you can go on to your next shot.

3 Action-Shot Camera Basics
Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are the three most important variables in photography, also known as the exposure triangle. To get amazing action photos, you must first understand the relationship between these three variables.

1. Shutter Speed
Because action photography is all about capturing motion, you'll want to choose your shutter speed first and then modify the other settings. When photographing action shots, such as sports photography, fast shutter speeds as high as 1/500 or even 1/1,000 are usual, yet there are times when you want to use a slower shutter speed to emphasize the subject's movement using motion blur.

2. Aperture
When shutter speeds are faster, a wide aperture is required to let in enough light for a well-exposed photo. You might be able to open your aperture to a wide f/4 or f/2.8 depending on the sort of lens you have. If you don't have a particular lens, start experimenting with f/5.6 or f/8.

3. ISO
To get a well-exposed shot, use a lens with a wider aperture setting. ISO: The higher your film speed, the less light you'll let into your camera. You can also raise the ISO, although this would likely result in graininess.

Three Methods for Photographing Motion
Remember that action photography can be approached in a variety of ways. Your best strategy will be determined by your subject and a few technical considerations.

1. A bright flash
Can help create a dramatic shot that appears to halt activity when shooting near to your subject in a dark environment.

2. Motion Blur: In an action shot
Motion blur can be ideal. In these situations, you'll want to utilize a tripod to keep your camera stable and a slower shutter speed to accentuate the movement of your subject.

3. Panning
You may want to imply motion while keeping your subject (relatively) sharp at times. You may maintain your subject relatively crisp while the surrounding blurs by rotating your camera beside them as they move.

6 Tips for Shooting Action Photography.
1. Make sure your photographs are in focus before taking them.
It's critical to anticipate where the action will take place when working with a moving topic. When you have to obtain the shot, pre-focusing your camera on a point in space near where you expect your subject to be can save you milliseconds.

2. Use depth of field to your advantage.
Ensure that your subject is in focus while blurring the background. This is one way to make your subjects stand out. Using a larger aperture is one approach to get this shallow depth of field.

3. Low angles are fun to play with
Getting down low and close to your subject might give them a larger-than-life appearance.

4. Take pictures of the whole thing
Though you should be prepared for some shots, you should also be on the lookout for unexpected opportunities. To obtain a full image of the sports game or event you're watching, walk around, explore, and try out different angles photographing.

5. Shoot in a series of spurts
Most current DSLRs have a burst mode (also known as continuous shooting), which allows you to take numerous frames in rapid succession by holding down the shutter button. However, continuous filming should normally be limited to three or four frame bursts.

6. Shoot in RAW if possible
Although shooting in an uncompressed file format may take up a lot of space on your memory cards, the results will be well worth it. When editing photos in post-production, the RAW format gives you additional options, especially if you wish to change the white balance.

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