How to Take Photos Faster

As a photographer, you have probably been told to slow down and focus on your composition to make the best possible photo. What we also know is there are many fleeting moments and being ready for these are of utmost importance if you want to catch them.

In his latest video, James Popsys shares his philosophy and settings on how to catch those special moments we all experience from time to time. One thing he emphasizes is how you should anticipate a scene and a specific situation. If a car comes down a road be ready for when it is in the optimal position. If a dogsled is moving along the inland ice of Greenland, make sure to hit the shutter when it is in a position that makes sense. It is the same deal with light. If you practice anticipation, you will get good at it.

Popsys also shares his specific camera setup. His secret to getting those photos fast is using a custom profile on the camera. In that way, he only has to turn the dial on top of his Panasonic Lumix G9 and the settings are already there. Instead of fiddling around with different settings and wheels on the camera, he has all the settings ready in just a few seconds. A fast shutter speed, image stabilization, auto-focus, a fairly open aperture, auto ISO, and exposure bracketing with one stop of light between the brackets. In that way, he can choose the optimal photo based on exposure, shake, etc. when he is back home in front of a big monitor. He has many other settings dialed in to optimize the chance of getting the photo. Be sure to check out the video above to get more tips on how to get photos fast.

Do you have some tips on how to optimize the chance of getting the photo in a fleeting moment? Let me hear down below.

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6 Comments

vik .'s picture

Please put sponsored to this article as is mentioned in the video. noisy micro 4/3 sucks BTW.

Troy Straub's picture

Great comment coming from someone with 0 pictures in their profile. Get over yourself and go take some pictures if you want to hang out on a photography site.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

During the day, on my a7III, Aperture Priority, Auto-ISO, Continuous-AF. As the daylight sets, Manual and vary the shutter speed. I normally stay at 1/125 unless I feel I need something faster; or feel like 1/60 1/30 will work.

On my a7RII + adapted lens, cross my fingers. lol. Kinda reminds me of a bolt-action rifle.

Hans Gunnar Aslaksen's picture

Always good to come preparef 👍🏻

Dennis Williams's picture

"As a photographer, you have probably been told to slow down and focus on your composition to make the best possible photo."

No I have never been told to slow down. Who TF is going to tell me to slow down ?

Such absurd premises.

P.S.- No one tells me to speed up either.

Changing camera settings does not slow me down that much because I know my camera to operate. But it is much more vital to me to be prepared. That means before I leave I pack the right gear (to get it out easily), clean lenses and filters, check parking areas, check the way to get to the location.