You probably want to take pictures on your digital camera of people or things that move. When you’re taking pictures of moving subjects, use these tricks to stop a moving object in its tracks:

1

Lock in focus and exposure in advance.

Press the shutter button halfway to initiate the autofocus and autoexposure process before you actually want to capture the image.

2

Anticipate the shot.

A slight delay occurs between the time you press the shutter button and the time the camera actually records the image — so press the shutter button a moment before the action occurs.

3

Turn on the flash.

Even if it’s daylight, turning on the flash sometimes causes the camera to select a higher shutter speed, thereby freezing action better.

4

In shutter-priority autoexposure mode, select the highest shutter speed available.

If the picture is too dark, lower the shutter speed a notch.

5

Use a lower capture resolution.

The lower the capture resolution, the smaller the image file, and the less time the camera needs to record the image to memory.

6

Turn off the instant review feature.

When this feature is on, the camera probably won’t let you take another picture during the review period.

7

Make sure that your camera batteries are fresh.

Weak batteries can sometimes make your camera behave sluggishly.

8

Keep the camera turned on.

Most cameras take a few seconds to warm up after you turn them on.