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Chapter 5. Action Photography > Digital Cameras and Shutter Lag

Digital Cameras and Shutter Lag

We might as well get the topic of shutter lag out of the way immediately. That awful gap between the time when you press the shutter release on your camera and when the picture is actually taken is probably the number one complaint photographers have about digital cameras. You know the sequence: You see a great shot, put your camera’s viewfinder to your eye, and press the shutter button.

Nothing happens. There’s a lag of what seems to be several seconds before your camera takes the photo. That’s frustrating enough when you’re shooting a portrait. When your subject is an action picture, that lag can be fatal. Figure 5.2 at top shows what you saw, while the version at bottom shows the photo you ended up with.


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