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Jul 12

Using Sports Mode on Your Digital Camera

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Capture the action with sports mode! (Image by woodleywonderworks, used under Creative Commons)

The summer games in London are coming up next week, but you probably have your own summer games going on right now in your own backyard. Whether it’s an impromptu game of softball, the kids’ soccer tournament, or a race to the garage fridge to grab a cold beverage, there are probably some high-action moments you want to capture on camera. So switch your digital camera to sports mode and start shooting.

What is sports mode?

Most top-rated digital cameras have a sports mode or action mode, which has been optimized for shooting sporting events or any moving subject, including pets, cars, and children. Sports mode increases the shutter speed to help freeze the action. Some cameras also increase the ISO to let in more light for additional action stopping ability.

How to use it

Sports mode is usually indicated with a running figure icon, or something similar. Once you’ve switched sports mode on you can pan the camera along with your subject, keeping it as the focus point, in order to increase your chances of capturing the action clearly. You can also prepare for an action shot by pressing down the shutter button slightly in advance. This usually activates the focus and it also minimizes shutter lag so you capture the exact moment that you want.

Anyone else out there a fan of sports mode? Share you own tips and tricks in the comments.

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