Apr 09 2010

Freezing Action in Photography

Published by at 4:57 pm under General

Photographing people or entities in movement and outdoors requires different considerations.We know generally that to freeze an object that is in motion the camera generally should be set to a quick shutter speed. The opening and closing speed of the shutter determines whether the object will be blurred, as does the lens, camera movement, and of course the most root of items, focus.


The faster an object moves the faster the shutter speed must be. No set rules exist, but typically one two hundred and fiftieth and higher shutter speeds is necessary, and often much faster, such as one five hundredth or one and one thousandth of a second.


In some instances the amount of available light will not be sufficient to allow for a fast enough shutter speed. In this case a larger lens aperture is necessary. It’s even advisable that a faster film speed will also be necessary. However, changing either if these will also affect field of view and image quality, respectively.


Similar considerations are even application to slower motion objects and people. The same associated principles can be applied. Even in such examples as slowing less fast actions, such as a bride walking down the aisle. In this case of a wedding, one San Diego Wedding Photographer makes a quick and accurate choice to change camera settings to freeze motion.


As the object moves so can the amount and type of light entering the camera’s lens, and this presents another dilemma, or indeed opportunity, to the photographer. That is, how to ensure correct exposure while providing appealing and accurate color and contrast. Here various camera adjustments are essential, but also are lens type, use of filters and even post-processing. In some cases where indoor lighting is limited, such as events photographed by a San Diego Event Photographer, it’s more critical to select the best camera and lens settings.


In situations of extreme light contrast, such as ocean surf, the photographer must be attuned to the proper techniques for ensuring the correct balance of the image’s brightness level across each of its constituent colors, and through the entire field of motion of the subject matter.


An understanding of how to apply the various techniques is important to one San Diego Photographer, because he recognizes it as being essential to making the right shot. Technique comes with knowledge and practical knowledge.

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