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Beginner’s Guide

Are you just getting into action photography?  Don’t worry, there’s a lot of content on APS that will have you capturing amazing images in no time.  Here’s a collection of need-to-know techniques and methods for any action photographer just starting out.  Welcome to the APS Beginner’s Guide.

Camera Settings:

Once you’ve got your gear, it’s time to learn all the basics.  You’ll want to learn the modes, and different settings for your camera to create properly exposed (and not blurry) images.  

Camera Modes for the Action Photographer
ISO and Action
Shutter Speed and Action
Aperture and Action
Focus 101
White Balance
Exposure Compensation
Finding the Best Angles


You won’t be able to capture great images without athletes, or if you forget your gear at home, here’s a few articles to help you with those minor details….

How to Find Athletes to Shoot
Photography Equipment


Once you know you camera as well as the Jedi know his lightsaber (nerd joke), you’ll want to start adding some flash to the images to make them even better.  This is what seperates the boy’s from the men.  Here are some articles to get you going with flash.

On-Camera Flash
Basics of Off-Camera Flash
Flash Sync Speed Explained
One Off-Camera Flash Technique



Now that you know and understand your gear, and have captured some incredible photos (they’ll get better with practice…) It’s time to make your images look amazing with editing.  You’ll also want to have a great workflow to make sure everything comes together perfectly.

One of the best programs for managing your images along with basic adjustments, and the one we recommend most, is Adobe Lightroom, here are some articles to get you started with Lightroom.

Lightroom Introduction
-Importing in Lightroom
-Basic Adjustments in Lightroom
Exporting in Lightroom



If you want to play with the big boys, learning photoshop is a must.  Photoshop is the most powerful photo editing software on the market, and can make your images look extremely professional with the right techniques.  Here are some simple, must-know PhotoShop articles.

Introduction to Layers
Photoshop Brushes
Sharpening 101
Simple Vignettes
Make your Images Pop


We hope you enjoy Action Photo School, and if you have any ideas for articles that you would like to see here, please post them in the comments below.

If you can’t find an answer to your question here, head on over to the APS Forum and ask your question there.  We are always answering questions along with many great action photographers who frequent the site.  Now get out there and capture some amazing action images!!



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