Thursday Pic Tip: How to capture fast kids | Orange County Family Photographer

With the holidays just around the corner and the start of Christmas recitals, feasts, and parties begin I am sure you’re wondering how to capture your kids in the midst of all the action with a non-blurry result.  It’s not easy and as I begin thinking of dates for my January Oh Snap! Workshops, I decided to share a little tip from what I teach that could help you during this crazy picture-taking time.

If you have a DSLR or similar with a dial showing different modes, I challenge you to move out of A (Auto) to the little running man symbol also known as Sports Mode.  Don’t hesitate…just do it.  In fact, do it on a day when you and the kids are out on the playground in either the morning or late afternoon without any announcement that you will be taking photos.  This lets them act naturally as opposed to running away when the camera pops out.

What Sports Mode does is allow for a faster shutter speed based on the amount of light available where you are shooting.  This means, the more or better light you have on your subject, the faster your shutter will “click” causing a stop motion result.  Now, you have to remember that your subject must be in a well-lit area, like a playground or sports field, otherwise, you’ll need a bit more technical knowledge.  But, for this bit, try it out in the open during good light.

You may also want to adjust your camera’s continuous shooting mode to “on” or “burst” so you can capture 4 to 6 shots in a row to compare.

Now all you need is a little practice!  Have fun!

sports mode

sports mode

sports mode

sports mode

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