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Kids in Motion

Many people will invest in a high-quality camera because they want to preserve the memories they make with their children in photographs, capturing the moments they’ll always want to remember in crisp detail. Considering the seemingly never-ending supply of energy that kids have, many of these photographs will fall under the category of action photography. As the name implies, action photography is all about capturing a subject in motion – running, jumping, swinging, sliding, et cetera. One of the joys of being a parent is capturing your children in action as they busily explore their world and discover new things, and the Tamron 70-300mm lens will help you do so. In this blog, we’ll go over the basics of action photography, give you some tips, and discuss how to best use the Tamron 70-300mm lens so you can fill up your photo albums with gorgeous shots of your children playing and experiencing the world around them. Bright-eyed and full of youthful vigor.

Action photography tips

As the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens, the Tamron 70-300mm will allow you to take stunning photographs wherever you go, but you’ll need to get a good grasp on a few different settings so you can make the action shots even more outstanding and clear. Action shots often make for some of the most compelling photos, but action photography is widely regarded as one of the more technically difficult genres of photography for rather obvious reasons – the subject is never still. This means it can be hard to get a good steady shot with minimal blur that’s in focus, and your camera may not have enough light to capture all the details. To overcome these difficulties and get sharp, bright photos every time, you need to become familiar with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and master them on your Tamron 70-300mm. Each is a key variable in photography in general but are especially important in action photography.

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Shutter speed

A camera’s shutter speed describes the length of time the shutter allows the sensor to be exposed to light. A faster shutter speed creates a shorter exposure, meaning less light, while a slower shutter speed creates longer exposure, meaning more light and more blur. For action shots, you’ll need to shoot at a fast shutter speed anywhere from 1/200-1/1000 to “freeze” the action and reduce or fully eliminate motion blur. Before you do anything else on your Tamron 70-300mm, be sure to play around with the shutter speed and adjust it to your needs.


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Due to the fast shutter speeds you’ll be shooting at, you’ll need a wide aperture that allows for enough light to be let in, so the photo is properly exposed. Unless you’re taking pictures in broad daylight, you should be shooting at a wide aperture like f/2.8 or f/4. If you’re lucky enough to have perfect natural lighting conditions, then an aperture of f/8 should do just fine.


We also recommend increasing the ISO, especially if you are shooting in low light conditions. Together with a fast shutter speed and wide aperture, increasing ISO will help you get great action shots of your kids.

Now that you know how to get great action shots of your children, you’ll need a lens like the Tamron 70-300mm that’ll help you do that and more. The Tamron 70-300mm is the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens, meaning you can take it everywhere with you, from trips to the park to vacations, all without bulking up your bag. We created it so photographers of all skill levels can easily enjoy high quality images, and with these tips on action photography, you have everything you need to capture every action filled moment in stunning detail. Contact us today to learn more!

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