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Sharon King
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
 

Action Portraits


I have been doing a lot of portrait photography indoors and out. During these sessions, the clients are sitting still and I am able to use a slow shutter speed. I have been asked to do more candid outdoor portraits and am getting a lot of motion blur. Oh, I will be using a Canon 24-105 F4L IS USM lens. I also have a Canon 50mm fixed lens. Thank you so much!


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10/12/2007 6:52:53 AM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  You'll need to kick in your flash in combo with a slow shutter speed. Use a balanced fill setting so the flash does not become the dominant light. This will produce some "action" with blurring but the flash will freeze the subjects as long as your shutter speed is not too low.
I use this method when I photographing paramedics in the back of the ambulance. I use a slow sync setting on the camera that pulls in the ambient light and then triggers a small burst of flash to pull in some detail and freeze the action. Sometimes I get some hand-motion blur, etc., but this does heighten the action which I like (as well as my publishers!).
I would recommend that you experiment with different settings with a friend or family member first. Then you'll be ready when you shoot the real thing.
Good luck!
Ray


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10/12/2007 8:04:54 AM

 
Jeff Coleman   Sharon, You just need a faster shutter speed! I think you should open up your aperture and if need be bump up your ISO. At F/4 you should easliy be able to stop action.


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10/16/2007 4:02:24 AM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  From the thread title "Action Portraits" I assumed Sharon wanted to depict some action but was getting too much motion blur and needed to tone it down a bit. If she needs to freeze everything, then Jeff's suggestion would be the way to go.

Ray


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10/16/2007 6:16:11 AM

 
Sharon King
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  Thank you Ray and Jeff. I played with the ISO during some sessions over the weekend, and it did make a big difference. My problem was the lighting, it was dark in the woods where I was shooting. However, the portraits came out much better this time. I didn't want any blur at all in the portraits. Your paramedic shots Ray are great and I do agree, some motion blur adds to the feel of your shots. Thanks again for both of your help.


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10/16/2007 7:28:20 AM

 
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