Photography is an art ,where we focus the element of action and get capture the second of time that is called perception of photography. Many of them often to say my gear is not fit for faster actions where i have a solution to explore beyond our limits. I'm always concentrate subject must be in focus where more fast action the shutter speed is the gear of freezing. Today i would like to share all of you my experience in action photography also the tip which i have obtained from my mistakes those evidently improved the best action in nature photography.
When you are jumping to the wildlife actions pre-focuz your aim and imagine how you want. The first and main object is study the Nature and characteristics of our subject. Some are extremely timid, while others get used to the presence of humans much faster. Knowing this is extremely important for when you want to photograph them.
The more time you spend observing a particular animal species, the better you can empathize with them. You might even start to predict their behavior, and plan your shots in advance. If you try to photograph timid animals, don’t forget to wear camouflage clothes or even a camouflage tent. This will help you disguise yourself and not scare them off.
Many of them now feel where the tip?. which i have mentioned above. There is no shortcut in action photography but some key elements of settings improve the result while we capture a subject. The key to breathtaking action pictures of wild animals is to set the right camera settings before everything happens.
Once things get going, you won’t have to think about settings and will be able to fully concentrate on what is happening in front of you. Always freeze in mind the exposure triangle. This consists of following: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Finding the right combination of these three elements will help you capture action wildlife shots perfectly.
For wildlife action photography, shutter speed is probably the most important element out of the exposure triangle. The fast loaded wildlife actions with a slow shutter speed will never give a positive impact in result. Setting a fast shutter speed is always necessary in order to freeze the subject during that right moment. If the shutter speed isn’t fast enough you might end up with blurry images.
It always depends on the movement’s intensity, but I would recommend setting the shutter speed to at least 1/500. In most situations you might need a much faster shutter speed though. If the subject is siting and making action i will chose the shutter speed to 1/125 to 1/500, depend on my capability handling bigger lenses. For a normal photographer i would suggest keep the shutter speed 1/500 to 1/600 otherwise the image looks blurry. In order to while the subject is moving very fast we need to increase the shutter around 1/3500 to 1/5000, the below mentioned image i have captured using the fast shutter 1/5000 to get complete freeze in action.
Aperture is the helping key of great way to set a fast shutter speed. Compared to standard aperture lenses, fast aperture lenses are able to collect much more light. This will allow you to set a fast shutter speed. Mainly i am using Canon 300mm F2.8 Prime lens those facilities fast focus, shallow of depth and more light to go further more adjustments in aperture get subject fully focused .
Keep in mind that you will have a narrow depth of field when shooting with a narrow aperture. While you are adjusting the aperture to 5.6 - 6.3 this will leads to slower your shutter speed in action, and the background will be more disappointing. Ideally, you should always try to keep your aperture to a value that enables a fast enough shutter speed and capture action scenes without motion blur. For wildlife action photography I would recommend always using an aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6.
The third and not least ISO leading a role getting a fast shutter speed. However, there is an disadvantage by increase the ISO value can be lead to get grain in your images. If there is enough light, you’ll want to set your ISO to the lowest value possible – this can be 100 or 200.
If the light is really bad, you’ll have to select a high ISO value but not set higher than 800(If it is normal DSLR body ) or 3200 ( If you have Professional DSLR body ). The good thing about modern cameras is that they are able to shoot at a higher ISO values (up to 1600), without having much grain or noise in the image. This is especially true for modern full frame cameras that offer really brilliant ISO performance.
When it comes to wildlife photography, experiment a bit with ISO settings to figure out your camera’s limits. Keep in mind that good image quality is quite important for the overall impression of your photograph.
Most birds that I have photographed were much shorter or smaller than me. In order to capture their min blowing action sequences, dI must be own to their view level. Not being at the same height as them can also make your background much blurry. Grass, trees or the ground immediately behind the birds can easily become a distraction from the animal itself.
When you go down to the eye level, surely you will get a much nicer background ( shallow of DOF). It will usually appear more far away, and the focus will be on the subject you’re photographing. So get ready for taste the soil and make your dress sprayed with dirt paintings.
Action photography is a learning-by-doing process, so don't get depressed in your result keep trying. Dam sure you can achieve the perfect composition by evaluating and learning from the mistake. When i start my journey i loved the mistakes which i have made and i learned more from those. Keep spend more time observing animals and birds and taking images. If you hope this article really helped to improve the concept of your photography don't hesitate to write your valuable feedback and doubts. I am really happy to help......