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.
“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.