It's Week #48: Action!

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Week 48: Action

Photo by: Sara Streit – Week 41: Freeze the action (2016)

Usually our photographs are, well you know…still photography. Landscapes, portraits, macro photography, food, architecture and fashion photography are all very different genres of photography. But the one thing that they all have in common is that there is usually not much movement in these photos.

So this week, creative Framers, we are going to shake things up a bit! We are going to actively look for some action and then shoot it! Technically cameras freeze moments in time but this week the challenge is to convey a sense of action in this frozen frame.

Ironically capturing an activity not only ‘freezes’ the action for eternity but also make your photos become more alive. So what are you waiting for? Grab those camera bags and go!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  1. Choose the action that you want to shoot and do some homework about it. Pay attention to the time of day (a.k.a the light) and also note where the professional photographers usually stand.
  2. Freeze the action! Shoot in shutter priority and choose a quick shutter speed. The shutter speed will depend on how fast your subject is moving. This article discuss the various approaches you can take with the shutter speed. To get you started, go to a place with moving things in the middle of the day and set your camera to “S” or “Tv” at 1/2000. Have fun.
  3. Blur the action! Read about panning photography here and watch a tutorial here.
  4. Don’t chimp! Chimping is when you glance at your LCD after you have taken a photo. And it can be those exact moments when the real action happens!
  5. Tips for surf photography, taking sports photos like a pro and even more tips.
  6. Amazing examples of action photography herehere and here.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the “Freeze the action” album of 2015 and from2016. And of course the Googles. Oh, you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: Stroboscopic flash / chronophotography

For some extra credit joo-joo, try out stroboscopic flash or chronophotography.  Here is a tutorial for chronophotography and another for stroboscopic flash.

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this
Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting.
It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per
week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can
include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge,
or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit
more than one photo!

Photo credit: William Richards – Week 48: Inspired by a
famous photographer (Harold Edgerton) – 2016

Past Challenges 2017

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015