Rick’s Quick Tips: Set Goals

November 23, 2009

Photo Tips

In photography, as well as in life, it’s important to set goals.

Before I got on-site at a Mongolian festival, I set a goal to get the one shot that every professional horse photographer (I am not one of them), wants to get: a shot of a horse with all four hoofs off the ground. So, I kept my eyes open for that opportunity, and, following some basic tips for capturing fast-paced action, I got the shot.

Mongolian Festival

“What are those fast-paced action shots tips?” you ask. Here goes:

  • Set your camera on the focusing tracking AF mode.
  • Set rapid frame advance.
  • Select a shutter speed of at least 1/1000th of a second.
  • Leave some space around the subject when composing your picture. That helps to avoid part of the subject being amputated!
  • Take a lot of pictures.

As an aside, here’s a “setting goals” story: On one of my workshops, I asked one of the participant what’s your goal. He said, “I want to take 700 pictures a day.” My reply, “I want to take three good pictures a day.” My point: Think carefully about what you want to photograph, and just don’t shoot haphazardly.

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Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon has published 36 books, including Exploring the Light and Digital Photography Secrets.

When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, “My specialty is not specializing.”

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