Mini Professional Photography Course: Burst Mode

Here is another great summation of a photography course for novice photographers and photographers that wish to have a refresher course. This course details burst mode.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Pen and paper
  • Digital Camera

Step 1 - Understand What Burst Mode Is

Burst mode in photography is often referred also as "continuous mode."  This is simply the repetition of continuous shots over an extremely short period of time.  On many high-end cameras, it often means just holding down the image capture button and the camera will take a succession of pictures until you release the button, or the memory card runs out of free space.  The point and shoot cameras are usually limited to a certain number of photos you can take at any given time.  If you turn on the burst mode option in a camera, it depends on the specific camera on how many pictures and the quality of the pictures that will be taken under that function.

Step 2 - Use Your Burst Mode Function

There are certain things you can do to help ensure that your burst mode will take successful photos.  First, using the burst mode function on the camera will help to get at least one good photo, even if you're a beginner.  The quality of the camera is also key when continuously photographing, especially when shooting a moving object.  Less expensive cameras will sometimes lose their focus after a minimal amount of shots, and focus is a key element in a great picture. Another factor to consider is that a less expensive camera takes longer to transfer imagery than a higher-quality camera would.  Higher-quality cameras don't delay in the transfer of the image to the card whereas less expensive cameras do.  This is especially important when shooting an object that is moving quickly; the delay in shots captured can be the difference between a good photo and a great photo depending on lag time. This can only be judged by practicing burst mode photography to see how your camera handles rapid movement and slow movement.

Another issue you may want to consider is that using burst mode expends battery life much more quickly than single image captures.  If you going to be doing a lot of burst mode photography, you'll need to have an ample supply of batteries on hand, or invest in rechargeable and backup batteries.

Step 3 - Know the Camera You Need

To summarize, if you are going to become involved in burst mode photography, you need to know what kind of camera you'll need to get the optimum use of this kind of photography. You will want to avoid cameras where you can only capture 5 to 10 shots in quick sequence. Invest in camera with nearly unlimited capture potential if you are serious about becoming involved in burst mode photography.  Make sure when purchasing a camera that it truly has unlimited capture potential.  Some cameras advertise that feature, but have up to a 150 capture limit.

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