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How to photograph fast moving objects ? (contd..)

Tip 416 (Vary depth of field): You can control the depth of field through modifying the aperture value. Why am I talking about depth of field while talking about photographing moving objects ? Well, when talking about moving objects, the depth of fields defines how sharp the moving object is as opposed to the background. You would want to control the depth of field such that only the moving object is in sharp focus.

Tip 417 (Be prepared to waste lost of photos): When trying to shoot moving objects, it is very easy to get the image wrong. Be prepared to spend a lot of photos where the image is not exactly as you wanted. Photographing moving objects is not easy, and the chance of getting photos not so perfect are high in the beginning; it is only as you spend time and effort does it become better.

Tip 418 (Create the traffic light pattern): Sometimes you do not want to capture the still images of motion, but instead capture the appearance of movement, and when you do this with traffic, you get an incredible effect since the movement of the vehicles is basically shown only by their lights, and these lights are what show up on the camera. For this, all you need is a sturdy tripod, and a place to keep the tripod so that you can view the traffic. And then keep a very slow shutter speed, maybe 1-5 second or more, and you get some great traffic scenes where the lights from cars seems to merge into straight lines.

Tip 419 (Trying to capture lightning): People often wonder about those photos that capture lightning so clearly. After all, how can capture that brief flash. It’s fairly simple; most Digital SLR’s have a ‘B’ / Bulb mode where you can keep the shutter open for as long as you want, and at night, with no ambient light in the sky, there is nothing to affect the sensor of the camera. Only when lightning shows up, it gets captured on the sensors, and in this way, you can even capture multiple lightning bolts in the same shot.

Tip 420 (Experiment with crowds): Crowds have the singular benefit that a crowd will almost always have some movement. You do not try to stop that movement, instead you incorporate that movement into showing a photo of a crowd in fluid motion by slowing the shutter speed, and hence getting a photo which demonstrates the movement of the crowd as an example of how humanity is always on the move.

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