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5 Tips for Capturing Better Action Shots


This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

5 Tips for Capturing Better Action Shots

Gary Detonnancourt


1.  Use a Fast Shutter Speed

I like to have a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or faster for shooting action.

Canon 7D with the Canon 400 mm F/5.6

2.  Use continuous auto-focus and back button focusing

3.  Tap the AF button instead of holding it down continuously.

Many cameras will auto-focus better if you tap the AF button repeatedly during the action sequence rather than holding it down the whole time.

4.  Use the center auto-focus point

I like to use the center auto-focus point and then crop the image later for the composition I want.

5.  Use any custom settings available for tracking action.

Check out my post on optimizing your camera for shooting birds in flight.

Canon's Custom AF settings

Canon's Custom AF settings


Here are some more images from this shoot.