#1: Plan ahead! sCarefully plan where you will set up. This is probably the biggest mistake for action photographers. Since the action will mostly occur near the goal, that is a much better place to set up. No matter what action you are going to shoot, you need to predict where you can be to capture the face of the subject.
#2: Pre-focus. If the subject suddenly springs into the frame, you might consider using a technique called pre-focusing.
#3: Shoot in short bursts rather than one long bursts. This will prevent your buffer from filling up, which could cost you the shot. I usually shoot action in three shot bursts, wait a second, then shoot another burst. To do this, turn your camera to continuous high drive mode.
#4: Give the subject space to move. For fast-moving subjects, the best composition is usually to allow some space on the side of the photo where they are traveling. .This composition will feel much more comfortable to the viewer so they don't wonder what's in front of the person.
#5: Get a fast memory card! This can help prevent your camera from slowing down if the memory card write speed is the bottleneck in your system.
#6: Don't miss the face. Capturing the expression on the face of the subject will add much more drama to the photo.
#7: Shoot JPEG. Action photography is one of the only times that I switch over to JPEG. Since JPEG files are much smaller than RAW files, most DSLRs can capture a few more frames per second on JPEG than RAW.
#8: Get down low. One of the most important–and lesser-known–composition tips is that shooting from down low will make your subject look powerful. Look at any picture of a CEO in Forbes or Business Week and you'll see that they are often shot from a low angle to make the person seem like a towering giant. The same is true in action shots, where photographers generally want to make the subject look dramatic and powerful.
#9: Shoot with two eyes open. Closing one eye lessens your ability to determine depth and hinder's your eye's ability to track movement. It takes some practice, but I always shoot sports and action with two eyes open, and it seems to help me get the shot.
#10: Don't mash the shutter button! Just because you're shooting action doesn't mean you should forget last week's tips on getting sharper photos.
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