I was recently in Moab, UT and came across some base jumpers at the top of a cliff. I quickly grabbed my camera out of the backseat of the car and shot in burst mode as each person jumped. When I downloaded all of the photos to my computer, I realized that I might be able to stack a full series of frames together into one photo. I was so excited with how it turned out that I decided to make it a challenge for all of you.
This style of photography is called “Action Sequence Photography” and is probably most popular with sports photography, but I have also seen it used in wildlife photography with great success. Basically, you can use it with any subject that moves through the frame, especially when that subject has a different stance in each shot such as a pet or child playing in the yard or someone dancing.
I’m sure you’re wondering how to create an Action Sequence photo. Step 1 is to shoot a sequence of photos in burst mode. You will want to freeze the action in each shot, so remember to set your shutter speed accordingly. Step 2 is to combine the photos in any photo processing software that uses layers. Here are some tutorials to get you started:
- SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIAL 📸 Basketball Action Sequence (taking the photos)
- PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL 🖥Sports Photography Action Sequence (putting the photos together)
- Shoot an Action Sequence Ep 130: Take and Make Great Photos with Gavin Hoey
- GoPro Hero3 Burst Tutorial: Make An Action Sequence Using FREE software (GIMP)
For those of you who don’t like post-processing, there appear to be phone apps that will create an action sequence for you automatically. I haven’t tried any of these myself, but here is a free one that looks promising: Motion Shot (by Sony) on either iPhone or Android.
To recap this week’s challenge:
- Create an action sequence photo.
- Post your photo during the week of Sunday, December 1 and Saturday, December 7.
- Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!
The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:
- Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.