Shooting Sports Photography: Tips on How to Stop Action

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Professional sports photographers spend big bucks to get the equipment necessary for amazing shots. But you can still move to a whole new world of sports photography just by employing the following advice:

Use a fast shutter speed.

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Speedy fast. I assume if you’re shooting sports you want to catch action. If you can, use a shutter speed of at least 1/500 sec. You’ll get better results if you shoot at 1/1000. If you want some blur to show motion, slow the shutter speed down. Just make sure it looks intentional and not like you just don’t know what you’re doing. Continue reading “Shooting Sports Photography: Tips on How to Stop Action”

Low Light Digital Photography for Control Freaks

Beginner Photo Tip: Shooting in Tricky Low-Light Situations

Sometimes we do not get perfect lighting situations. Okay, so lots of the time we don’t get perfect lighting situations. That’s where an off-camera flash is my best friend. Seriously, I’m in love with my whole off-camera flash set-up because I love CONTROL. Unfortunately, we don’t always get the luxury of control. When we don’t get to control the light it can create a tricky situation.

Here are some examples of tricky low-light situations I’ve been in and how I still got the image I wanted.

Indoor Action

The other night I took pictures at a volleyball game. I had absolutely no control of the light. The available light was the fluorescent overhead lighting common in a gym. My flash would not help because it couldn’t reach the players and I doubt they would have appreciated flashes of light blinding them as they played. This was a tricky low-light situation.

Yet I still captured great action. Here’s how: Continue reading “Low Light Digital Photography for Control Freaks”

Shutter Speed: Take Control

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Shutter Speed

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Let’s say you’re taking pictures at your friend’s second cousin’s kid’s best friend’s baseball game (when people see you have a nice camera, things like that happen).  This would be a great time to take advantage of your ability to control the shutter speed. Setting the shutter speed determines how long the shutter is open. The longer the shutter is open the more light comes through to reach the sensor. Continue reading “Shutter Speed: Take Control”