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Chapter 5. Action Photography >  The Two Most Important Things

The Two Most Important Things

As you’ll learn from this chapter, the most difficult thing about action photography is not mastering your camera’s controls well enough to freeze motion (or to allow it to blur in creative ways). Getting the right exposure isn’t difficult, either. Nor, once you’ve had a bit of practice, is knowing how to shoot an action picture a particularly insurmountable obstacle.

The two most important things about capturing an exciting photograph are knowing what to photograph, and when. If you stop to think about it, action is a continuous series of moments, each a little different from the last, all leading up to the moment. It’s the instant when a shooting guard releases the basketball at the apex of a jump shot, and you know that it’s going to sail over the arms of a defender and swish through the net of the basket. Or, the moment might come from the look on a goalie’s face as a soccer ball sails past her outstretched hands into the goal. The moment might involve almost no motion at all, as when a field goal kicker lowers his head in shame when he sees his boot is tumbling wide of the goalposts. Capturing the right moment is important.


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