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You're Smarter Than Your Camera - Burst Mode

November 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
You're Smarter Than Your Camera - Burst Mode
Good morning and welcome to the 3rd and final blog for 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera'.  We're onto the last topic in the month...a little setting on many cameras that you can use to improve your photography in certain situations - shooting in burst mode.

Thanks so much for being part of my first 2015 blog, I couldn't have done it without you and I have loved that you have taken the time to receive and read my blog and especially all your comments and input :-)  

So for December I will take a break, but January will start a new blog - each month I will focus on a different subject to photograph, it will be varied so sometimes nature, other times still life or action, but along with the subject will be several methods of photographing it and different ways of getting the most out of your camera and getting the most out of your shots.  I expect I will release one 2 or 3 times each month and I will be sharing lots of images as well as settings and thoughts on how I try to get that perfect image.  

I am really excited about it and can't wait to get started...
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Enjoy the blog!

Thanks for reading,

What is Shooting in Burst Mode?
This method of capturing images definitely isn't for the film lovers,  at $8 per Kodak film roll, not including any processing fees the thought of shooting in burst mode is terrifying.  But today, with digital, lots of shots doesn't mean lots of money and many cameras have the option of burst mode which can greatly increase your chances of capturing that image or collection of images you want.

Once you find this nifty little options, the temptation maybe to use it all the time..after all 3 shots instead of one is bound to result in you getting the right shot overtime right?  Well...not necessarily and in some cases it can be may actually miss the shot you want by choosing this method.  Choose your time to use this tool carefully and you will get great results.
When Should I use Burst Mode?
Burst mode is most effective when photographing something moving - wildlife, kids running, pets etc.  Sometimes when the subject is moving, it can be difficult to anticipate the shot you actually want.  The images below are of a girl doing a cartwheel.  This would be very difficult to capture using individual shots as it all happens pretty quickly.  

Another example of this would be to get a wider view point and fix the focus and then take a burst of shots without moving the frame.  This would make an interesting project to edit for those interested in using photoshop.  You could layer the images and blend them into one so that the movement is across the single image instead of representing in several images as the example below.
Are There and Drawbacks to Burst Mode?
Of course :-)  Write speed is how quickly your camera can save the image from the sensor to the memory card.  Some cameras may not be able to save the images as fast as they can take them.  Often the camera might move the images to a 'buffer' where the image taken can be temporarily stored before it is added to the card.  In this case, if you take a number of shots, you may then have to wait a few seconds before you can take anymore while the camera saves those to the card.  You can actually miss the shot you want because  the camera isn't able to take any more images until those already taken are saved.

You may also run out of memory capacity or battery charge using this mode as it is hungry for both of those.  If you are concerned that you may want your camera available for an event, it is probably worth finding out just how long it will last when using this mode.

Focusing can also be a challenge unless your subject is moving at a perfectly fixed distance from the camera.  You may want to have your camera on autofocus and then you also need to make sure the focus point covers all of the areas that you think your subject will be in.

Quite a few things to think about...but lots of fun!!
Next Time
Please join me in January for the new blog....'Capture This' I think that will be the title, but still working on it :-)
Your Challenge
Find burst mode setting on your camera and experiment with using it in difficult to capture situations.
Thanks so much for reading and as always, I would love to hear any comments or questions you have.  
Have fun with your photography,
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