The Decisive Moment

Play While You Wait
Saint Ignatius, Montana

 A common challenge for people new to photography is getting a sharp photo of the most interesting moment of the action. French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson described this as the "decisive moment." 

The key to getting sharp pictures of motion is the shutter speed you select. In this image I used a shutter speed of 1/250 second to freeze the movement of the young cowgirl as she swung her leg back and forth along the stock trailer. Because of the overcast lighting, I needed to raise the ISO to 400 to help the camera make a proper exposure at that shutter speed setting.

I also took a series of eight images as she played on the trailer, waiting for an interesting posture. This one had the most graceful pose.

Learn to take control of your camera's settings to help you capture decisive moments in Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera, an online course beginning November 2, 2020, through the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register