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How to Make the Most of Shooting in Burst Mode

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Burst mode is a great way to make sure you are getting the best shots. Basically, it involves hitting the shutter once and having your camera shoot continuously. This will help you capture all the action, so you don’t miss a thing.

Shooting in burst mode is a great way to get the most out of your sessions. But it will be even better if you know how to use it properly. This article will provide tips, so all your burst shoot photos come out terrific.

Check Your Memory Card

When you shoot in burst mode, you want your camera to catch photos as quickly as possible. But if your memory card isn’t fast enough, it can slow your camera down.

For best results, use a Class 10 or UHS Class 1 or 3. While slower cards may be okay for low-resolution cameras, the higher-speed ones are ideal if you are shooting in RAW or using an advanced camera.

Turn the Drive Mode from Single to Continuous

You won’t be able to shoot bursts unless you are in the burst mode setting.

The setting for the burst mode differs from camera to camera. The button may have an icon with several overlapping rectangles, or it may have the letters CL or CH. Others use a button marked drive. Some have a dial that adjusts to burst mode.

If you don’t see any of these options, consult your owner’s manual.

Keep in mind that some cameras will take a limited number of photos when shooting on burst while others don’t have any limitations. It’s important to get familiar with what your camera will allow for.

Adjust Your Focus Mode

When shooting in burst mode, you must keep your camera on autofocus. This will allow the focus to automatically adjust for each shot.

An advanced camera may have several autofocus buttons dedicated as AF, AF-S, One Shot AF, AF-C, or Al Servo. AF, AF-S, and One Shot AF will work well if your subject is staying in one place. AF-C and Al Servo will be better if your subject is moving towards you.

Focus and Shoot

The act of taking burst mode photos isn’t much different than taking a single shot. Press halfway down on the shutter button to focus. Then press it down completely when you’re ready to start the burst.

Lift your finger when you are ready to stop shooting or until the camera stops shooting on its own…whatever comes first.

And there you have it, your complete guide to burst mode shooting. How will you be integrating this technique into your sessions?

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