Stop Motion in Its Tracks

If you want to create photographs in which fast-moving action is frozen in sharp focus, you need to  select a very fast shutter speed. Relying on the camera's automatic or even Sports setting can often produce disappointing, blurred pictures.

Bright afternoon light and a very fast shutter speed of 1/1000 second
stopped the motion of the calf ropers and their quarry.

Shooting outside in bright sun makes getting those stop-motion shots easier.  Fast shutter speeds apply to nature images of crashing waves or blowing leaves as well.

A very fast shutter speed of 1/1500 second froze the crashing wave in the
bright sunlight.

To learn how to make this and other creative effects with your camera, check out my one-day Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera class on January 27, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. (There's also a session on February 24.) Any camera that allows you to switch lenses is appropriate for this class. Click here to register online.