Your Weekend Photography Project – Action!

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Randy DePuniet at the Indianapolis MotoGP race August 2011.

As you may know, I spent August 25th through the 29th enjoying the events surrounding the MotoGP motorcycle race in Indianapolis, Indiana. I rented a Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens from Pro Photo Rental, which I will review next week (spoiler: I LOVED IT). I had a TON of fun honing my panning skills, trying to capture motion blur while maintaining sharp subjects. It’s harder than it looks, but so much fun to master! (The photo above is of MotoGP rider Randy DePuniet, shot with my 7D at 1/400th of a second, f/8.0, ISO 200.)

This leads us to your weekend project: photograph action shots! Practice your panning, capture motion blur, get traffic trails, play with long exposures, and go to where the action is! This is a great time to practice your street photography as well. If you happen to be attending a sporting event, share your photos with us! Going to a football game? Let’s see the plays! Going to a baseball game? Photograph the pitcher in his wind-up, or the short stop going for the out. Are your kids having their first games in school sports? Let’s see shots of them too!

Here are some Beyond Megapixels resources to help you out:

- Back to Basics: Five Tips to Freeze Action and Motion
- Tips for Action Photography
- Street Photography
- Night Photography Tips, Tricks and Having Fun

Or, check out these resources:

- Rear Curtain Sync by Mark Wallace and the folks at Adorama.tv.
- Stop Action, also by Mark Wallace and the Adorama.tv gang.
- Using Flash in Action Photography from the Digital Photography School.
- Action and Sports Photography, also by the good folks at the Digital Photography School.

Please share your photos on our Facebook page or our Flickr group. Most importantly, have fun!!!

Photo credit: Tiffany Joyce

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