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Action Air-Land-Water

Want to capture good action photos? It's harder than it looks. You could just bump up the ISO to 400 or 800, select the fastest shutter speed possible, or select Sports mode and shoot away. This approach will get you a lot of stop-action photos, but they might not convey the feeling of action. To help convey action, try the following techniques.

Using Smoke

Smoke from historic rifles helps convey the feeling of action in your photos (see Figure 7.27). Water spray from speedboats is also effective (see Chapter 12, "Stopping Action," for details).

Figure 7.27

Figure 7.27 -0.7 EV keeps the foreground from being overexposed, and prefocusing on the squad makes it easier to shoot at the right time.

Using Panning

Panning helps streak the background for a feeling of speed when shooting fast cars, boats, or airplanes (see Figure 7.28).

Figure 7.28

Figure 7.28 When panning a very high-speed subject, like this P-51 warbird, use shutter speeds of up to 1/400 second.


For more about burst mode and panning, see Chapter 12, "Stopping Action."

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