It's Week #45: Freeze the Action

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, Nov 1 and Sunday, Nov 8 (noon, Eastern)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

― Ferris Bueller

Life is about moments. Hundreds and thousands and millions of little moments that come together to paint a life – happy, and sad, and triumphant, and defeated, and inspiring, and mundane. A mosaic of fleeting experiences that make us who we are.

This week, we’re going to freeze the action, and capture a moment – forever.

It only takes a fraction of a second to turn a moment into a photograph. And the power of the shutter allows us to freeze moments undetectable to the human eye – the shatter of a glass, the smack a baseball, the apex of a leap.

With the moment captured, it becomes still, graspable, tangible. The ephemeral motion becomes forever frozen. It endures.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • First thing to do is to look for some action to freeze! The entire world is in motion, so go and explore a bit and see if you can catch something unusual!
  • There are various ways to freeze the action in photography, one of them is using a fast shutter speed. Just remember then that for your photo to come out nice and sharp, you are going to have to make sure that there is enough light (Quick Tip: Shoot OUTSIDE while the sun is shining bright).
  • If you do NOT have enough light, you can freeze the action using a lower shutter speed together with your flash. Here is an interesting video explaining this.
  • Not all blur is bad! If you are using a fast shutter speed, not only will the object in motion be frozen but also the background. This is not always a bad thing but remember that background blur can help tell the story of movement. This is where our friend panning comes in.
  • In panning photography the moving object is sharp and the background is blurred. Here is a tutorial and some examples.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these great examples.

Extra Credit: In the Air

For some extra credit joojoo, freeze some mid-air motion. This will require lightning reflexes and a sharp eye, but nothing communicates “freezing the action” like a suspended subject, hanging in space. As long as your subject is off the ground, your photo qualifies for extra credit. Try to keep it sharp and in focus, despite the blur of gravity’s pull!
Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

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