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Weekly Photography Challenge – A Need for Speed

In this set of speed busting images you can see the effect that using a fast shutter speed can have on your images. If you want to photograph a moving subject and freeze them in mid-action, that is what is required.

TexasEagle

By TexasEagle

Weekly Photography Challenge – A Need for Speed

This week your challenge is to find something moving – fast! It could be traffic on a busy street, or something involving sports of some kind. Just get out there and work on using a fast shutter speed to freeze the subject at the peak of action.

You can try the following settings to help you get sharp images:

  • Continuous focus mode, will continually focus on the moving target as long as you have the button pressed part way down.
  • Zone focus or having some or all of your focus points active. That allows the camera to pick where to focus.
  • Back button focus – this is how the sports shooters I know do work.
  • High speed or continuous drive – so you take a few shots in succession when you press and hold the shutter button.
  • Shutter priority set to a fast setting. You will usually need at least 1/500th or faster to freeze anything moving quickly. NOTE: if you do use shutter priority keep an eye on your exposure. If the aperture is flashing at you in the viewfinder it means your shutter speed is TOO fast and the aperture cannot open wide enough to make a good exposure. In that case you may have to increase your ISO – but just keep an eye on it. OR use aperture priority set to your widest aperture which in turn will automatically give you the fastest shutter speed possible in that light. If it’s not fast enough – bump that ISO!

Here are a few examples to get you started:

Danny Perez Photography

By Danny Perez Photography

Contact-Centres-Highland

By Contact-Centres-Highland

BANAMINE

By BANAMINE

Mark Robinson

By Mark Robinson

Ib Aarmo

By Ib Aarmo

USAG- Humphreys

By USAG- Humphreys

Pepe´ Cam Photography

By Pepe´ Cam Photography

Share your fast images here:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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Darlene Hildebrandt
Darlene Hildebrandt

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