Digital photography tips: capture summer action

Follow these expert action photography tips to take top-notch images of subjects in motion.

Preset the white balance



The first thing you can do to minimize shutter lag is to set your camera's white balance control to one of its preset values. Most cameras let you choose from among a handful of settings such as daylight, indoor, sunset, and cloudy. Just dial in whichever setting is appropriate for the situation before you start shooting. If the camera doesn't have to measure and calculate the white balance using the automatic setting, you save some time. Admittedly, you don't save much — a few hundredths of a second — but that can mean a lot when the action is fast. Remember, though, to change the white balance setting when the lighting conditions change. (If you forget, all is not lost. Read "Perfect the Colors in Your Photos" for tips on fixing off-balance photos.)

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