10 Action Tips

Tip of the Day – Practice!

10. Practice! Like most things you want to get better at in life, the key to obtaining consistently great action photos is to practice! Anything that you can get your dog to do repetitively – say, jumping for...

Tip of the Day – Re-create the action

9. Re-create the action Anything that involves rapid motion and direction changes can be tricky to capture, but there are ways of making the movement of dogs more predictable and easier to capture. You could start by...

Tip of the Day – Shoot continuously

8. Shoot continuously Shooting at multiple frames per second - the highest frame rate your camera is capable of - helps increase your success rate and gives you more shots to choose from. This increases your...

Tip of the Day – Focus!

7. Focus! Obtaining sharp focus in action shots is possibly the most important aspect of them all – and the hardest! Depending on your camera body, you’ll have various focus point options. I’ve found for action, a...

Tip of the Day – Be steady and stable

6. Be steady and stable It may seem obvious or even trivial, but this is such an important step! Holding the camera as steady as possible is instrumental in the success of sharp action photos. The...

Tip of the Day – Choose the right lens⠀

5. Choose the right lens Dogs in action are usually easiest to follow from a distance, using a long lens, preferably a zoom. My favourite lens to use when shooting action is a 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto...

Tip of the Day – Get down low

4. Get down low This is important for all aspects of pet photography, but especially for action. Shooting at dog level gives a more accurate perspective and sense of scale. It allows you to capture expressions...

Tip of the Day – Use a fast shutter speed⠀

3. Use a fast shutter speed The number one reason that people end up with blurry images when taking action photos is a shutter speed that is too slow to freeze the motion. You simply MUST...

Tip of the Day – Pay attention to the light

2. Pay attention to the light Plentiful light is a crucial ingredient in creating sharp, in-focus action photos. Why? Because lots of light allows you to use a fast shutter speed and helps the autofocus system...

Tip of the Day – Find a good location

1. Find a good location Large open areas are the best option - think beaches, large open parks, fields or paddocks. Avoid shooting under the shade of trees, but trees in the background will help to...

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