Experiment and discover

Most photographers shoot action pictures at some time or another, whether it is their children at play, a local sports event or busy street scenes while on holiday. It is possible to calculate the shutter speed needed to ‘freeze’ action by estimating the speed of the action, the direction in relation to the camera, the distance from the camera and the focal length of the lens. By which time you will have missed the shot.

It is much better to take lots of pictures, ideally with different exposures, and review the results when you have the time. Digital images record the shutter speed at the time of the exposure and most imaging software will show you this information (along with aperture, ISO setting and other data). Learn from what works so that setting your camera correctly comes naturally.

Enter the Gallery
There is action happening all around us and opportunities to capture it with great photos. Use the advice in this tutorial, take some great photos, then enter your favourite in the Gallery. Next month your photo could be displayed as one of the best!

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Photographic Composition
Video photography
Water photography
Landscape photography
Black and white photography
Action photography
Christmas portrait photography