How to Take Great Action Photos

Top pro Jim Zuckerman tips and techniques on photographing action

by Jim Zuckerman

White horses of the Camargue
White horses of the Camargue
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When you anticipate action, keep your eye glued to the viewfinder. The moment you look at the subject(s) directly and the peak action occurs, youíll miss the shot. The fraction of a section that it takes to look through the camera again and shoot means that it will be too late to capture that special instant in time.

In addition, switch your drive mode from one shot to multi. When the action starts, keep firing until itís over.

The accompanying photos show two stallions that I shot during my photo workshop to shoot the white horses of the Camargue, France. I used 400 ISO to make sure my shutter speed would be fast enough to freeze even the flying manes and the kicking feet. In addition, I used Program mode because this automatically gave me the fastest shutter speed given the light conditions and the ISO. This way, I didnít have to think about the camera settings. I could direct all of my attention to the horses and wait for the peak action between them.

Sunrise: White horses, Provence, France
Sunrise: White horses, Provence, France
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