Photo Tricks with Autumn Baldwin: Burst Mode

Autumn Baldwin, CK Dream Team member

Autumn Baldwin, Contributing Writer

Ever been at a ball game and taken photo after photo, but still missed the moment the bat makes contact with the ball? Or tried to take a picture of your child jumping up into the air but ended up with a shot of him landing on the ground instead? It can be extremely hard to capture a photo of the exact instant you want to preserve, especially when people and objects are moving quickly. So today I want to introduce you to a nifty little camera trick called burst mode.


To activate burst mode, all you need to do on most cameras is change to the “sports” setting. Don’t worry, this is still an automatic setting—you won’t need to worry about anything technical—just find the icon of a running man and start shooting.

When in burst mode you can hold down your shutter button and your camera will continue to fire the shutter (snap photos) as quickly as it can until you release the shutter button. How many photos it can take in a row depends on your camera, but it should be at least 10 and maybe a whole lot more. Burst mode is awesome for two things. First, since you can take a whole slew of photos in a row, you can be sure to get a picture of the exact moment you’re looking for, like one of these fun shots:

Second, you can use five or six of the photos you take at once to make a cool sequence shot, like the one of the boy pitching above, or this one of my son playing with the DIY rocket launcher we made recently.

With a little Photoshop work, you can even combine your burst mode photos into something like this:

Cannon Ball by Autumn Baldwin

Burst mode will help you get better photos of all sorts of summer activities, so get ready to have fun with it! Want more easy photography tips? Visit my blog for 8 steps to better photos on AUTO. Thanks!

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4 Responses to Photo Tricks with Autumn Baldwin: Burst Mode

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  2. allimci says:

    So that’s how its done! I will definitely try this.

  3. Carol Barol says:

    I take shots like this but never think to combine them into one shot. Gotta start doing this!

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