Bet you were really disappointed when the photo you took of the charging rhino on safari turned out to be a blur. Bet you blamed it on your trusty old film camera and swore it was time to update and go digital. But hold it right there! The debate is still raging as to whether digital or film is better for taking action shots.
The only thing a camera needs to take action shots is an adjustable shutter speed.
A single lens reflex camera (SLR) or a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) has the best shutter speed for action shots. With these cameras, what you see and the photo that will be taken will be identical.
To get a blur-free shot, experts recommend that the shutter speed be set at 1/1000.
You can switch your camera lens to a zoom lens and get an up close photo of that charging rhino from the safety of your jeep.
The American Standards Association classifies film according to light sensitivity.
To take an action shot, you need film of ISO 400 or more. These can be purchased in photography stores.
Even though the quality of photo enlargements may be compromised, high speed film is the only way to go to capture blur-free action shots.
A 36-exposure roll of film usually costs about $6 a roll of film and about $17 to print the photographs off it, making it quite expensive.
Even though it is more expensive to process film, film cameras are cheaper to purchase.
A Nikon film camera ranges in price from $300 to $2,800; a digital ranges from $500 to $8,000.
When it comes to action shots, the major advantage of digital over film is that you can see exactly what you are doing and don't have to wait until you get your photos back to see whether you were on the right track.
Using a top of the line DSLR camera, you can get 60 shots per second, which will definitely guarantee you a great action shot.
Pictures printed on paper from a film camera have a lifespan of 100 years. Although not proven yet, digital photographs will probably last much longer than that.
High speed film enlargements become grainy at sizes larger than 4 by 6. With digital cameras, you can change the compression settings on your camera so that photos can be enlarged successfully.
Some photographers insist that they can get sharper images on film than by using a digital camera.
The debate still rages as to which take better photos; they both have their pros and cons.
Shutter speed refers to the speed at which a camera's shutter opens and closes to let in light. The faster the shutter speed, the less blurry the picture.
The lens and the camera settings contribute the most to the success of an action shot, as opposed to whether the camera is digital or film.
You don't need to; the camera will do it automatically.
Today, film development is being fazed out and it is best to develop film over the Internet.