My children are rarely still. They sleep and that’s about it. One of the things I love about my camera is that (occasionally) I’m able to capture them on the move.
And sometimes I get a clear shot, but unfortunately not as often as I’d like.
Gil takes great shots of objects — buildings, architecture, plants. Anything that stands still.
I’m better at getting good shots of people. A twinkle in the eye, a pensive expression.
I love the looks on my children’s faces when they’re moving but focused. Piers is competitive and action-oriented. He never stops moving but when he wants something, his eye is on the prize.
I shot this picture on Friday. He and Gil were throwing the football. It’s blurry, but you get the idea. I’m learning.
My lighting wasn’t great and I was just goofing around with the camera.
Gil’s knowledge of photography trumps mine all day long. When we can communicate without screaming at each other (he tries to not act like a know-it-all, and I take my meds and pay attention and don’t accuse him of talking down to me), I’m able to learn a lot from him. His technical skills exceed mine all day long. He just has a natural understanding of how things work and he’s driven to master whatever he’s working on. In this case, the camera.
I shared with him that I was having trouble getting clear action shots and he gave me some good tips.
I still want to learn to take pictures solely in Manual mode, which is what I was in when I took the picture on Friday.
Gil suggested that rather than work in total Manual mode that I try some of the other modes while I’m still wrapping my non-technical brain around some of the other terms (shutter speed, ISO, aperture, etc.) He specifically suggested that I try taking shots in A – Aperture priority and S – Shutterspeed priority.
That way I’ll have some control over the settings but other things will already be set for me. The following shots were taken on Sunday. Now I can’t remember how to pull up exactly what I was shooting in. I’m pretty sure the camera was set to Shutter speed priority 1/800. Gil had me focus on the spot where I was aiming and then shift the lens to Manual focus.
The above paragraph absolutely illustrates how little patience I have with technicalities. I’m all, Whatever. Screw the details. I just want to get on with it and make pretty pictures.
Anyhoo, these are SLIGHTLY clearer. As I’m typing this I’m thinking, I get much better action shots in Automatic. DAMN. IT.
I have a lot to learn. But that’s okay. This might be a good hobby for my attention span.
Here’s another of Piers.
And we can’t forget Wallce — I wish this would have been clearer. I like his expression.
And finally, Wallace catches the frisbee.
Any tips on getting clear action shots? This novice needs all the help she can get.