What is stop action photography?
Stop action photography requires a fast shutter speed & wide
aperture in order to achieve an image with motion frozen in time. Motions must defy gravity - photographs could not possibly be posed.
When the shutter opens and closes quickly, the aperture must open very wide to make sure enough light enters the camera. If an insufficient amount of light enters the camera, the image will appear very dark or blurry. When attempting to take a stop action photograph in poor light situations, the photographer will need to force a flash in order to capture the image.
***Best Case Scenario - Be outdoors in very bright natural daylight to capture the best stop action photographs.***
Stop action photography is useful when you want to photograph moving subjects – whether they are people, objects, animals, etc… A quality stop action photograph will “freeze” motion – in other words, the subject’s motion and the background are captured clearly and in focus.
Check out this website to read more details about stop action photography:
How to Set Up Your CameraIf you have manual camera settings:
Change your shutter priority (S or Tv) to a fraction of a second. 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, etc. The smaller the fraction, the faster the shutter will open and close. In shutter priority mode, you only need to adjust the shutter speed. The aperture will adjust itself to an appropriate setting depending on the shutter speed.
If you have scene settings set your camera to:
Set your camera to Sports Mode. This will automatically set the camera to a faster shutter speed with an appropriate aperture.
Your Assignment HOMEWORK
Take 50 digital photographs that capture stop action. Photos must be crystal clear without any evidence of blur.
****Without proper camera and lighting setup, the moving subject will appear blurred and out of focus. ***
Subject matter and "mid-air" moment ideas:
Edit & Submit 5 best stop action photographs.
Follow this checklist to ensure best editing:
____ Create STOP ACTION folder in name folder & upload 50 stop action photos.
____ Edit 5 best photos.
____ Each action defies gravity/is dramatically evident. (NO POSED PHOTOS)
____ NO PHOTOS WITH BLUR!
____ Check for rule of thirds/best composition in all photographs.
____ Crop out/ Clone out any unnecessary background clutter/distractions.
____ Work with Black & White, and Hue/Saturation to adjust for best color balance.
____ Save files as JPEG with the title LASTNAME SA # (ex: stanhagenSA1.jpg).