Highlights from this video:

0:10 Photographing a triathlon with a Point-and-Shoot camera.
0:38 Slow Shutter Speed and wide-angle lens setting
0:53 Pre-focus Camera

Hi guys, I’m at a cycling event and I’ve got my point-and-shoot camera with me. I wanted to show you a little trick on how you can get some very unusual images even with a PnS camera. I already photographed them with my digital SLR, but I wanted to show you the exact same technique that I can use for photographing movement behind me with a simple point-and-shoot camera.

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Slow Shutter Speed & Wide-Angle lens

What I do is I go to the time value (Tv) option or the shutter speed priority option on the camera. I turned it all the way down to 1/30 sec, which is a very slow shutter speed and I set my lens on wide angle. I’ve zoomed all the way out and  bent my knees to get get nice and low.

Tips on Shooting Action with Compact Camera:

  1. Try using a slower shutter speed
  2. Get close to the action (subject)
  3. Use a wide angle lens – or zoom right out
  4. Get down low – change your angle of view
  5. Pre-focus on the point where they will be when you take the shot
  6. Pan (follow) the subject as they race past


Pre-Focus Camera

The only difference between DSLR and a Point-and-Shoot camera is that, I need to pre-focus this camera. What I do is, I choose a little leaf on the pathway (the place where the cyclist will be when I take the shot). I then wait for the cyclist to come into the shot and take the picture as they’re moving. You only get one shot with this camera unlike the digital SLR where you get quite a few shots. But you can still get some amazing images with a simple PnS camera.


Check out this comprehensive article…

The Ultimate Guide to Shutter Speed in Photography

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This is Brent. I hope you enjoyed this tip. Do comment your questions below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Have a great day!

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