Action photos are some of the more difficult photos to take, but it gets even worse when you’re dealing with action photos of kids performing, because those sorts of photos are typically taken in HORRIBLE lighting conditions, which is exactly what Gemma Tjeerdsma was asking for help with.

Here’s Gemma’s question:

I’ve owned my Nikon D3100 for 5 years and I’ve never had chance to learn anything about it! My focus at this point is to capture my daughter’s dance moves while dancing on stage. She’s a competitive dancer and I’d like to capture those perfect leaps and turns without a BLUR! How do I use it on a 200mm zoom lens?

Thank you! From Dummy Dance Mom 🙂

So, this is a situation where you need to let in as much light as possible to get the fastest shutter speed possible. Typically that means a wide open aperture, and a high ISO.

In addition to that, in the video I discuss the best metering mode to use to insure proper exposure of the subject, and what to do when you’ve reached the limitations of the gear that you have.

Watch the video to get all the details! 🙂

Your camera is an amazing tool, but it’s no good to you if you don’t know how to use it!

If you want to take control of your camera and use it to take amazing photos like a pro, check out my Guide to Shooting in Manual Mode video course.