- Shoot in Shutter Priority mode. Use a shutter speed of at least 1/250 of a second if you’re panning with the subject (faster if you’re not panning and the subject is coming toward you).
- Pan with the animal. If the animal is traveling from your left to your right or vice versa, pan with it. When the animal comes into frame, press the shutter button half-way to achieve focus, pan smoothly by pivoting at the waist, and then press the shutter button.
- Follow through. Keep panning even after you press the shutter button. If you stop panning when you press the shutter button, the image won’t be as sharp as it could be.
- Leave more room in front of the animal. This gives your viewers a sense that the animal is going somewhere.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Since we will be going to Yellowstone National Park in the next few weekends, I thought that it would be a good idea to remember how to take photographs of animals in motion, in hopes that when we are out in nature, we will be prepared to take awesome pictures, and not have to be trying to remember what we learned. I have learned in the few months of photography that before going out and trying to capture something, it was most useful for me to before leaving, thinking about what I am trying to capture, and dissect what it is I should be doing with my camera to get the picture I want. That being said, here are some reminders while trying to take pictures of animals in motion: