What you'll need...
~A tripod is essential
~Either a shutter release, or a camera with a timer... optimally one that can take multiple shots at a time.
~Great light so that you can keep your ISO lower and your shutter speed higher... I used shutter priority to obtain my shots.
~Then, you'll what some test run shots so that you can pinpoint where your focus should be. If you have not already learned how to set your focus point, you should pick up your camera manual today, right now, and learn how to do so. It will change your photographic life.
~I was using AF-S (Auto Focus Single) but in hindsight I should have been using AF-C (Auto Focus Continuous). Again, if you are scratching your head thinking, "What is this lady taking about?" you really need to learn this, this year! No excuses. Matter of fact, here is a great article to get you started.
~Then shoot, shoot, shoot! you'll take tons of photos to obtain a few perfect shots. I am okay with that since one the digital world makes it is to cull and trash, but second becasue I do not deal with speed shots often, it'll take a while before I am comfortable enough with my skills alone to capture the shot. We all have to start some where. The key is to learn that way you do not sty in the rut of cull and trash and move forward to the everyday of using skills to create shots in as little shots as necessary.
Cull- "That boring, obnoxious task of sifting though all the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in order to finally surface with a body of work worth looking at." ~ Lisa Robinson, Culling Photos: Five Tips to Choose Your Best Images
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