Travel photography tips: Freezing action

Professional photographer Steve Davey presents his travel photography tips. In this tip he explains how to use a fast shutter speed to freeze action

Published 27 Jan 2015, 11:00 GMT
Land-diving, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu.
Land-diving, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu.
Photograph by Steve Davey

If you want to completely freeze action, leaving your subject hanging in the air in a seemingly impossible position, then you'll need to use a very fast shutter speed. This is the duration of time that your camera shutter is open and letting light into the camera. Use a speed of 1/1000 second or more. If you have a simple camera, then use either 'action' or 'sports' mode. If your camera has a motor drive setting, then use this to take a rapid burst of pictures. The result should be something you simply wouldn't be able to see with the naked eye.
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