The â€œSportsâ€ or â€œActionâ€ settings of a digital camera are not the only things you can use or do to get great sporting photos. In the digital photography of sport the user has a much larger l role to play than in other types of photography as the timing of the photos have to be perfect â€“ and there is just a split second in which to take it.
If you are taking photos of a game being played on a large field, you have two ways of going about it. You can keep the camera to your eye and follow the action as it moves so that you are ready to press the shutter button in a split second – this is the best technique for games like hockey and footballs where the action happen anywhere on the field. The other way is better for games where you can predict where the action will occur â€“ the home plate in a baseball game or the basket in a basketball game â€“ and can keep the camera pointed in that direction so you can click when the action moves into the frame.
Even if you have lightening sharp reflexes, there is still a problem â€“ the camera takes time after your press the shutter button to make the final adjustments before taking the photos. Although this time lag is almost imperceptible â€“ only a fraction of a second â€“ that is enough for you to miss the crucial moment. What you should do to resolve this problem is to keep the shutter button half pressed so that the camera is constantly adjusting its setting and can snap the picture immediately when the button is fully pressed. You can also use the â€œContinuousâ€ mode on the camera so it will take a rapid burst of photos as long as the button is being pressed. In this way you will get a number of photos taken in a few seconds and can choose which the ones that you want to keep are.
Another cause of camera delays in the digital photography of sports is that until the previous photos has been written to the memory card, the next one cannot be taken â€“ a memory card with a slow write time will delay the taking of your next picture. The faster the write speed of the memory card, the less will be the time before the next picture can be taken.