Burst Mode And Continuous Photography

Snowboarding caught on camera

When you’re on holiday there’s nothing worse than attempting to capture a moment that you want to cherish forever and your image turning out blurry. This is common when you’re trying to capture sports in action or a fast-moving object, such as a snowboarder performing a move in mid-air, or a football being kicked during a game.

However, there is an option on your camera that you can use to prevent this from happening. By pressing the shutter once, you’re able to take multiple photographs in sequence automatically, which reduces the amount of movements that you need to make in order to capture a moving subject without blurring the overall image.

The number of frames that are used each second will change when you use the burst option, although this can depend on how advanced your camera is. Some cameras are only able to capture two or three frames per second; others can shoot ten or more.

When you’re out taking pictures, you need to know what you’re about to photograph and more importantly, how it moves before you enable the burst option. The amount of shots that you can take per second will determine how well your photograph turns out. By simply using burst mode in the hope that one of many of your photographs will turn out ok, you’re probably not thinking about the way your subject is interacting with its surroundings and the amount of light available.

When you’ve enabled burst mode, it is beneficial to then enable ‘object tracking’ so that your camera places the most attention and focus on your subject. This mode on your camera will follow your subject as it moves, hence its name, and aims to make sure your subject is always in focus regardless of where it moves. By using this feature in conjunction with burst mode, your subject has more of a chance to be in clear focus throughout the spread of images that you capture.

Action Shot of Skateboarder

Taking multiple images in a small amount of time can be challenging, but your camera could do this and save them at the same time. What this means, is that all of your shots will have to be saved to your memory card before any more can be taken. This will have to be taken into consideration when photographing your subject; if you release the shutter too early, then you may lose the action shot that you want as your camera may begin to buffer whilst the action is still happening. This is why evaluating the scene, and how fast your subject is moving before you shoot the frame, is so important.

When you’re deciding whether to use burst mode or not, you need to consider your battery life and how much storage you have on your SD card. If you’re in a situation where you want to use the burst mode on your camera multiple times, your battery or your storage may be used up before the day of shooting is over.

To prevent this from happening when you’re out on a shoot, play around with your camera and see how long it will have charge throughout the day whilst using burst mode. We would recommend that you take extra memory cards to your location so that you don’t need to worry about storage capacities on the day (especially if you’re saving your photos in RAW). The key to this mode of photography is that you are always prepared for every eventuality.

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