Day 4 Ac­tion mov­ing tar­gets

Beat the shakes with our handy field guide to the best shut­ter speeds to suit ev­ery shoot­ing oc­ca­sion

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The first rule of Boot Camp is that if there is blur in your pic­tures it has to be there de­lib­er­ately! There are no ex­cuses for cam­era shake, and mov­ing tar­gets should be frozen, un­less you want make use to blurry ef­fect for artis­tic rea­sons.

The key to achiev­ing these things is to use the right shut­ter speed for the job. Your first stop is to avoid the shakes. If you are hand-hold­ing your cam­era, the im­age is not com­pletely still and you need to set a shut­ter speed that is fast enough to al­low for the in­vol­un­tary move­ments of your arms and body. How fast you need to go will de­pend on things such as how fit you are and how cold it is, but also on the fo­cal length of the lens you are us­ing. The longer the lens, the more ob­vi­ous any slight move­ment in the lens be­comes in the im­age, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a faster shut­ter speed than if you had a wider an­gle of view. But if you are in any doubt, al­ways play safe and go for a faster shut­ter speed than you think you need!

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