Photographing march-pasts, display of physical exercises and dances on a national day comes under action photography. One can improve action photography by following certain guidelines and tips. First thing is get more informed about the action or activity so that you can anticipate what is going to happen to look for interesting and dramatic moments during an activity or action.
First thing is to stand at the vantage position and pre-focus the camera so as to click the subject as soon as it gets into the frame. In other words, we need to keep the camera in a continuous focus setting when tracking subjects that are moving. So always look for the right place to get the required shot. Also, see to it that the background is plain or with the least distracting elements.
Secondly, the shutter speeds as fast as you can, but never below 1/500sec to freeze the action. If you are not using a tripod, either use a firm rest or use least value timer without any camera shake.
Thirdly, use a higher ISO setting if there’s not enough light and use the low ISO setting if the light is enough.
Fourthly, make use of your camera’s burst mode functions, which allow you to shoot off several frames within a second.
At time, you may to pan your subject with the camera to follow the direction of the action. With some practice and if done properly, it will produce a motion blur in the messy background with a clear picture of the action. However, one needs a lot of practice to get it right.
For action photography, the photographer’s reactions must be quick and precise and this can only be acquired with enough practice. So, grab the occasion of Independence Day to practice action photography.
The inset collage shows some of the pictures taken in 2013.