Do you have trouble capturing moving subjects? Whatever you’re shooting, action photography can be tricky to achieve given the unpredictability of your subjects, little control over the lighting and trying to keep everything sharp. To help you along with your pursuits, we’ve put together a hand action photography cheat sheet inside.
At a basic level, shutter speed is used to control exposure, but it can also be used as a creative tool that freezes action or adds dramatic blur to moving subjects. In this tutorial we’ll explain some of the common mistakes you might encounter while trying to achieve the five classic shutter speed effects of freezing movement, blurring action, using blur creatively, long exposures and night photography.
After we look at some of the common problems within these shutter speed ranges, we’ll suggest the best shutter speeds for you to use to achieve these effects and offer our best tips for overcoming these errors.
No one likes wasting pictures. And the real beauty of taking photos with a digital camera is that it’s so easy to learn from your mistakes. Simply press the shutter button and you’ll see the result instantly on the camera’s LCD screen, so you can assess it at once.
Here we’ll show you how to capture great shots the first time and stop wasting pictures by avoiding some of the most common mistakes in photography. You’ll learn how to improve your shooting skills, but also how to correct less-than-perfect shots that you simply can’t delete and re-shoot.
Are you a dedicated soccer fan and want to translate your enthusiasm into more dynamic soccer pictures? Whether you’re shooting your local team or your child’s after-school squad, we spoke to award-winning Times sports photographer Marc Aspland to find out his secrets for getting top-notch soccer pictures.
From the Estadio Bernabéu in Madrid, photographing Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League, to photographing his own soccer star playing for Wheathampsted Wanderers FC Under 13s, great soccer pictures are just a click away, Marc says. Here are his ten top photography tips…
In photography, it’s not just what you shoot that counts – the way that you shoot it is crucial, too. Poor photo composition can make a fantastic subject dull, but a well-set scene can create a wonderful image from the most ordinary of situations. With that in mind, we’ve picked our top 10 photo composition ‘rules’ to show you how to transform your images.
Don’t feel that you’ve got to remember every one of these laws and apply them to each photo you take. Instead, spend a little time practising each one in turn and they’ll become second nature. You’ll soon learn to spot situations where the different rules can be applied to best effect.
Roz Jones gives us her top ten tips for photographing cycling races.
Cycling photography isn’t always about using a fast shutter speed to freeze the bike sharply. Go for something slower and you’ll introduce blur, giving your cycling photos a sense of speed. Panning the camera to follow the bike will let you can capture it in focus, while the background becomes a rush of movement.
Getting this right is a combination of choosing the correct shutter speed and practising getting your panning smooth. When choosing the shutter speed, you need to take into account how fast a bike is moving and how far away it is. Cyclists who are a few metres away can be shot using a slower shutter speed – such as 1/15sec – than you’d use for, say, fast-moving cars when shooting other forms of action photography.
Pictures of planes, like pictures of birds, can be incredibly difficult to capture, if not more. Their size and speed can lead to shots with awkward compositions or poor focusing, let alone exposing against a bright sky.
Inside we offer 6 of our best tips for getting yourself into position and your digital camera set up ideally to take top-notch pictures of planes in flight or on the ground.
We’ve collected 30 great examples of motion blur photography from around the web. If you want to know how you can achieve motion blur, our tutorial can help.
Steam trains remain a popular subject no matter what letter your generation may be. Thick plumes of smoke, strong leading lines and big wide angles: this classic shot of steam trains is forever etched in our minds.
But often you only get one attempt at getting this. Below we’ve offered 6 essential train photography tips that will help you be ready to capture stunning rail pictures the next time you go out to photograph steam trains.