Inspired by Cashmerette, this month’s Better Pictures Project homework is to take a series of pictures to capture movement. Jenny’s pics often show her moving: walking, spinning, hair blowing in the wind. I wanted to see if I could find any tricks or camera settings to help with action shots, so I headed down to one of my trusty local parks to experiment!
Tossing fall leaves: It’s a classic autumnal shot, right? Not so easy though! I got a lot of wet leaves in my face and down my dress. For these shots, I used the remote and 3 second timer function. I’d click the remote, watch for the light on the camera to flash, then I’d count to two and throw the leaves.
Spinning: I’ve been working on the perfect spinning shot since my Jalie Bella dress. Here are my top tips!
- Don’t put the camera too low – it’ll show your knickers!
- A gentle spin is all you need. Especially in a full circle skirt – look how much of my slip you can see when I’m really twirling fast!
- If you don’t have a photographer with you, use the remote and timer function. For my 3 second timer, I press the remote, wait a second, then spin. With a bit of practice, it’s easy enough to time it so you are facing the camera when the shutter goes off. I’ve tried using the remote while continuously spinning, and far less of the shots are nice!
- Shoot wide, and crop later. It’s easy to stumble out of shot while spinning (ask me how I know!) so give yourself some wiggle room by shooting from further away.
Jumping: The most difficult of all!!!I figured that using the Sport setting on my camera would result in a clearer, sharper picture while taking action shots, but I have to say, I couldn’t see any difference between Sport and Portrait in these shots.
I used the remote and timer function again, but this is when it would be really useful to have a photographer taking continual shots through each jump! (iPhone people, did you know that if you hold your finger on the camera button, it will take continual pics until you release?) Instead, I got a lot of shots of my take-off and landing, and just some actually in the air! Here’s just a few of the outtakes:
I had a LOT of fun taking all these pics – I felt really silly at first, but then I totally forgot about being in public! I’m not sure how to avoid my skin being so over-exposed though – Any suggestions? I’m really pale, and I notice that when my clothes and background are dark, I tend to get washed out. (It was mid-day but overcast, for what it’s worth!) Oh, and in case you were wondering – the dress I’m wearing is a ponte Lady Skater bodice + circle skirt that I made last Christmas. The fit isn’t perfect, but I wanted to wear a good skirt for twirling!
Do you have any tips for taking action shots? Like, how to take walking pictures that are in focus and not horribly awkward? Or how to have wind in your hair without it being a wild mess?