It's All in the Timing

Big Sky Horse Park, Missoula, Montana

When photographing moving subjects, our goals are usually two-fold: capture an interesting moment and record a sharp image. To achieve these goals requires setting two different camera controls.

Changing the drive mode from single to continuous allows us to shoot a series of frames very quickly. Then we can select the best moment from the burst. This was the middle frame of a series of three.

Setting the shutter speed to a very short amount of time (referred to as a "fast" shutter speed) means we can freeze the subject's motion. How fast depends on the speed of the subject. In this case, I used a shutter speed of 1/500 second, which stopped the horse and rider in midair, along with the flying mane!

Learn more about controlling motion for creative effects in Getting to Know Your Digital Camera held September 25, 2021, in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register for this in-person class.