"FREEZE" Stop Action shutter speed assignment
Final Product: Submit two "FREEZE" photos, and a contact sheet with a minimum of 30 images in the correct period# "STOP ACTION" folder in the class server (206 teacher server).
Save each of your images in the 206 Teacher classroom photo server as:
p#yourlastname_freeze3 (this will be your proofsheet)
WHAT TO DO FOR THIS "STOP ACTION" ASSIGNMENT:
Use your camera at a very fast shutter speed to "freeze" all subject movement. You will need to try many times for each scene. Action photos are very challenging because the moment goes by very quickly.
WHAT TO SHOOT? NO CARS! Shoot action! Sports, running, kids playing, skateboarding, bikes, water sports, hair flipping, cartwheels, dancing.... we are looking for frozen MOVEMENT!
See the examples in the stop action shutter speed gallery link at the top of the page.
TIPS: • Try to get as close to the subject as possible! Your subject should fill the entire frame of the image.
If you are trying to shoot sports, then shoot a practice instead of a game so that you can get close to the action. The image needs to imply movement, so we need to see the part of the body that is in motion. You need to be prepared and anticipate!
• Press the shutter just BEFORE you think the moment is going to happen.
• If you see the moment...then you have missed it!
You can shoot this assignment using your choice of any of the camera settings detailed below.
OPTION #1 •SHOOT "STOP ACTION" USING MANUAL EXPOSURE:
If shooting on manual exposure, set your camera to the desired shutter speed, then adjust the aperture/f-stop to the correct setting so the light meter readout (in red below) lines up in the middle of the exposure indicator. The shutter speed(s) you need to freeze movement are listed below, but they are just a starting point, you will need to experiment. To freeze movement, the faster the shutter speed the better! Pre-focus the camera where you think the subject will be -or constantly adjust focus as they move.
THESE ARE SHUTTER SPEEDS NEEDED TO FREEZE ALL MOVEMENT OF YOUR SUBJECT
1/250th Walking, some kinds of slower dancing
1/250-1/500th Fast walking, running, volleyball or basketball, kids playing, skateboarding
1/500-1/1000th Fast sports: running, football, baseball (pitching, hitting, running bases)
Set the shutter speed and f-stop so the light meter lines up in the center of the readout.
(the example is circled in red in the viewfinder below)
OPTION #2: SHOOT "STOP ACTION" USING THE TV (TIME VALUE) MODE
On the Canon cameras, TV mode allows you to pick the shutter speed, while the camera automatically picks the aperture setting for you. (This is the same as the "S" setting on Nikon cameras)
What to do: Turn the Mode dial to TV, then dial the selector dial to pick a shutter speed needed to freeze the action (see the list of shutter speeds above). Make sure that there is enough light for that shutter speed, otherwise the f/stop will blink in the exposure readout/viewfinder.
OPTION #3: SHOOT "STOP ACTION" PHOTOS USING THE "ACTION" SETTING ON THE CAMERA.
On Canon and Nikon cameras, there is a "action" mode icon, which looks like a runner. Dial the mode dial to that icon and the camera will pick the fastest shutter speed possible for that scene. This exposure mode works, but limits your options for choosing a specific shutter speed.