Find out how to use your digital camera’s continuous shooting mode to boost your chances of getting the perfect photo.
Whether you’re shooting high-octane extreme sport or photographing the kids at play in the garden, capturing the peak of action a single frame at a time requires lots of skill and concentration.
Even the best sports action snappers wouldn’t dream of using single-frame shooting mode when it all kicks off in the viewfinder – they use continuous shooting mode.
This setting allows the shutter to keep firing off frames for as long as the shutter button is pressed. It increases your chances of catching the pinnacle of split-second action when shooting in short bursts, so use it whenever you’re photographing movement.
But what counts as movement? Well, fast-paced action from motor sports through to athletics are right up there.
However, remember that slower moving subjects can benefit from continuous shooting mode too, such as when you’re trying to capture a particular nuance in a natural candid portrait.
Continuous shooting mode is also great to use when shooting in low light, or at slow shutter speeds hand-held. It will help avoid camera shake because the camera becomes steadier while your finger is rested on the shutter button rather than snatching at it in single-frame shooting mode.
How to use continuous shooting to capture every moment
Locate the shooting mode
Your DSLR’s shooting mode may have a dedicated button on the camera body. If not, it’ll be buried somewhere in the menu system. Find out where it is and how to activate it quickly so you can access it when you need it.
Fine tune your fps
Some DSLRs have the ability to customise the continuous shooting frame rate. For high-speed action choose the maximum frames per second, but for general photography you may prefer a slower rate to conserve memory card space.
Select a fast shutter speed
For the best results choose Shutter Priority exposure mode and watch out to make sure your shutter speed doesn’t creep too low. Aim for at least 1/60sec for general photography and 1/500sec for fast action.