Tips To Increase Response Time of Your Camera.
Although many digital cameras offer shutter speeds high enough to capture just about any moving subject, some other camera functions can slow you down. Try these tricks to kick your camera into a higher gear:
- Match shutter speed to the pace of your subject.
- On most models, you must wait for the camera to write the current image to the
memory card before you can take a second picture. Even when this lag time is brief,
it can cause you to miss a great shot when you’re shooting action. To keep the lag
time as short as possible, use the lowest resolution setting that will produce the
quality and picture size that you need. The more pixels the camera captures,
the longer it takes to write the picture to the camera’s memory card.
- Turn off specialty image-processing functions, such as noise reduction and other color effects (you can always adjust while post processing).
- If you can get by without it, turn off your camera’s flash. In most entry level cameras, you can’t take a picture
during the time it takes the flash to recycle between shots.
- Turn off instant picture review, which displays an image briefly on the camera
monitor after each shot. Most cameras prevent you from taking the next shot
during the picture review period.
- Make sure that your batteries are fresh. Low-powered batteries can make a
camera behave sluggishly. Alkaline Batteries are poor performers.
- When using autofocus and auto-exposure, frame the image and set the exposure
and focus (by pressing the shutter button halfway down) in advance of the action.
That way, you don’t have to wait for the auto-exposure / focus mechanism to do its
thing when the moment you want to capture happens. Just keep the shutter button
pressed halfway down and then press it the rest of the way when the action occurs.
If your subject isn’t already in the frame at the time, set the focus and exposure
by pointing the camera at something that’s at the same distance and in similar
lighting as your subject will be.
- If you just can’t get the timing of the shutter right, you may want to consider
switching to movie mode, if your camera offers one. This mode records a brief
digital video segment, just like a digital camcorder. You can then pull a single frame
from the video clip to use as a still photo. Unfortunately, most cameras limit you
to low-resolution images and don’t permit the use of flash in this mode. Movie
mode also creates large image files, so make sure you have a high-capacity storage
card in your camera.
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