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Travel photography tips: Freezing action

Professional photographer Steve Davey presents his travel photography tips. In this tip he explains how to use a fast shutter speed to freeze action

Travel photography tips: Freezing action
Land-diving, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Image: Steve Davey

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If you want to completely freeze action, leaving your subject hanging in the air in a seemingly impossible position, then you’ll need to use a very fast shutter speed. This is the duration of time that your camera shutter is open and letting light into the camera. Use a speed of 1/1000 second or more. If you have a simple camera, then use either ‘action’ or ‘sports’ mode. If your camera has a motor drive setting, then use this to take a rapid burst of pictures. The result should be something you simply wouldn’t be able to see with the naked eye.

Travel Photography Masterclass

Here at National Geographic Traveller, we’ve teamed up with professional photographer Steve Davey, who will be presenting his travel photography masterclasses at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel show. These two-hour masterclasses will help sharpen your skills, iron out bad habits and give you a better understanding of your camera’s functions to enhance your travel images. Book your masterclass, from only £30. Early booking is advised as places are limited. Click here to book your workshop