Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Freezing motion

Black-naped Tern landing
Bungy jumper's leaping off the bridge

Ever so often we, photographers, love to dabble in action photography. The ability to freeze a bird in flight or motion never ceases to fascinate me. In order to freeze motion, you need to ensure that you have the right setting on your camera to give you the best exposure.
Egret gliding in for a landing
You will need high ISO to boost the sensitivity of your image sensor.
Next, ensure that you have shutter speed of more than 1/2000s (this is my minimum shutter speed). Lastly, aperture. You can choose to use shutter priority (TV) or manual to ensure that the action you are trying to capture is sharp.
Once you've got the basics, you need lots of practice. Get to know your equipment and its limitations, and then figure out what settings will yield the best results. 
On site, it is also important that you study the area that you wish to shoot and watch the activities that take place around you first. This will help you figure out where you want to position yourself as you want to be at the right place at the right. Lastly, is timing as you need to press your shutter at the right time to freeze the action you want.
Egret landing from a different perspective
Arial battle

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