Most people who are interested in photography have heard of camera burst mode. Unfortunately, not a lot of people know what it actually means. If you fall into that “don’t know” category, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
To put it simply, camera burst mode is a type of shooting done with cameras. In camera burst mode, you will take several photographs all one right after the other by using the shutter button repeatedly.
While you can use this mode in a variety of circumstances and photographic situations, it is most useful when you are taking action images or action shots, I.e. when the subject of your photo is engaged in some kind of continual motion, such as dance.
Once you have your action pictures captured, you can do all kinds of interesting things with them. Some people arrange them in order to show the movement and its beauty. Others arrange them out of order for a more interesting and bizarre effect. And, most commonly, people simply use their action shots to select the very best image that they can find.
No matter how or why you use frame burst mode, there are some helpful tips that can enable you to make the most of this fascinating style.
Try it Out with Some Jumping Shots
If you’re just getting started with camera burst mode, then we strongly recommend taking some jumping shots as a start. This can not only create beautiful pictures, but it’s also a great way to familiarize yourself with the mode.
Have some friends or, even better yet, a group of friends stand and jump for you. Yes, literally jump. Have them jump as high as they can over and over again.
And, while they’re doing all of that jumping, capture it every (literal) step of the way. Get them when their feet are on the ground, the moment they leave the ground, and once they are up in the air.
You’ll be amazed at the quality and diversity of the shots, and best of all, this simple exercise will teach you a lot about how shutter burst photography works, what points of movement create the best images, and how to better stabilize images at key times. You might even get some worthy shots out of it too, so it’s truly a win-win exercise to try.
Remember, You Can’t Take Too Many Photos
One thing that people who are new to action photography worry about is taking too many photos. However, in the world of burst photography, there truly is no such thing.
Obviously, you’ll want to clear out your memory card before shooting so that you don’t run out of space. But, as long as you’ve got that covered, shoot away. Really, what do you have to lose?
By taking as many photos as possible- you can even leave your finger on the shutter button and never let up- you will capture every possibly great moment of movement. For the photos that turn out bad, you can simply delete them. And, for the ones that turn out wonderfully… well, they just open up a world of possibility.
So, with all of that said, absolutely do not be afraid to snap, snap, and snap. You have nothing to lose by taking as many photos as you possibly can while the movement is happening before your eyes.
Try the Object Tracking Mode on Your Camera
If you have a good camera, you should also have what’s known as an “object tracking” mode. Look for it on your camera.
Once you find it, give it a try to see how you like it. It’s a different type of camera burst mode, but it allows you to capture your subject moving through the frame without losing your focus and clarity.
All in all, it is a really interesting and different way to capture movement, which you might find that you like, at least in some circumstances.
Of course, it won’t give you any of that artistic blurred effect that some photographers love, but it’s all a matter of preference and of what, exactly, you are going for with your photos.
Even if you don’t end up loving this mode, it’s a great way to learn more about action photography and to improve at it little by little, which is really what this art is all about.
So, for our bottom line, get out of your comfort zone. Try new and different modes on your camera. You just might learn a thing or two and, even more importantly, become a much better photographer in the process.