There’s no rule that says a photograph must be a representation of a static subject. In fact, capturing motion is a surefire way to add an extra dimension of interest to a photo. Beginner photographers will sometimes jump immediately and exclusively to “blur” as a method of portraying motion in a photograph; of course, motion blur is an entirely effective means of achieving the desired goal, but it isn’t the only way to photograph motion.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that there are numerous ways to capture motion, but each of those techniques probably falls into one of three broader categories. Let’s look at the three basic methods of using your camera to capture motion.
“Freezing” a subject in motion is a staple of any good sports photographer and is accomplished by using a fast shutter speed and setting the camera to burst mode. While this technique might seem to lend itself to some level of effortlessness, it is important to understand that freezing motion isn’t a function of good luck. The goal is to craft a meaningful photo that showcases a particular gesture; the proverbial decisive moment does matter in these situations, as you want to freeze the moment that best indicator of the activity at hand.
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