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This is my Mums dog The reason I have put this on this site is because I have been messing about with my camera and I have been trying to get fast actions shots

I have found the advise very usefull from all the members on this site. How do I get better action shots ???? I would like my photos to be a lot clearer , I think more practise is needed on my part or I could slow down my Mums dog .I think more practise is the most sensible option, as I stand no chance of slowing this dog down


26 Apr, 2011
littlewren said:

like you Donna still on the learning curve...what I do know is that that is one lovely dog....and garden.....

27 Apr, 2011
donna said:

Thanks little wren The garden takes up most of my time but I enjoy doing it

27 Apr, 2011
mike said:

Hi Donna
You do not say what camera you have so I am assuming a DSLR.

So and just my opinion mind. There are two ways (probably more) of improving "action" shots. Firstly set your camera to centre spot focusing.
Panning - where you focus on the "dog" and then keep focused as he runs past you. Your shots are not that type so we have to "freeze" the action. This means shoot the picture faster.
First try to put your camera on "speed" priority and set it to at least 1/250th of a second. Let the aperture take care of itself. Your pictures all have good depth of field so a larger aperture (smaller f number) is fine.
You can also increase your ISO number. Try up top 800 iso
You can also gain a little speed by changing your exposure compensation a little, Say to minus 0.7.
If the pics are still blurred increase your speed to 1/500th.
On top of all this ensure that you are steady with your camera. Use a monopod if you have one and hold your arms tight to your body when you shoot.
Hope some of that helps.

27 Apr, 2011
littlewren said:

great when you can get good info from others questions.....thanks from me Mike....learn a little every day.....

27 Apr, 2011
aster said:

Me too Lw :)
With all that going on Mike can you still use 'burst' facility or would the focusing be compromised ?
A dog with real character Donna,and he respects your plants too:)
His head is in focus in the third one,but all show a happy dog enjoying life, you should be pleased with all of them :)

27 Apr, 2011
mike said:

Burst is fine as long as your auto focus is on tracking and is fast enough to cope. The head is more in focus in 3 but that is just less movement - the background is always crystal clear so we are looking to reduce DoF and gain speed. Also if you are panning and have speeds in excess of 1/500th - you should be fine.

29 Apr, 2011
jane said:

Hi Donna...given this blog a like because I just love your mums dog !! Talk about dynamo charged...and living life to the full ! Brilliant !!

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