How to take sharp Action photos from Nikon

 

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WHAT YOU NEED!

1.I am assuming you have:

a good SLR. This tutorial is for Nikon SLR, D3200 specifically, coz that is what I am using. And it has given me best results and is excellent for beginners simply because it worked out well for me.

2. Preferably

A Good lens. We need a good lens for low aperture speed. i use 70-40 mm but any good lens will work of course.

3.The coolest ingredient

Lots of sunlight.

I have learnt it the hard way sunlight is the reason behind brilliant pictures. While in this case we need it for the shutter speed, but mostly sunny day OR LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT is a must for other pics as well.

SETTINGS

1. PUT THE CAMERA IN SHUTTER PRIORITY SETTING

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Turn the dial on top to S

Shutter priority mode means that we can adjust the shutter speed manually and camera takes care of the rest of the stuff. Shutter speed is how fast the camera SHUTTER CLOSES.

Shutter Priority mode means we’ll be setting the shutter speed manually while the camera takes care of the rest of the settings. Shutter speed is how fast the camera records a picture. A very fast shutter speed will freeze action, just what we need. A very slow shutter speed causes blurry images (which can be a cool effect if you want to capture motion like running water in waterfalls or cool night light like .

car light trails) but requires a tripod. Today we want to stop action, so we’ll tell the camera to use a very fast shutter speed.

2. Set the shutter speed to 1/1000

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In addition to the labeled dial, you’ll see an unlabeled black dial on your camera. Use this dial change the shutter speed. Crank it left for lower and slower, right for higher and faster. The higher the number, the faster the shutter speed! Set the dial to change the shutter speed to 1/1000. It may also just say 1000. That is a very fast shutter speed. This means the photo that the camera captures will show what was happening in that one one-thousandth of a second. That’s pretty fast!

3. Change the AF-C and High speed continous

 

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The next two changes that you need to make can be easily done through the little ‘i’ button at the bottom end of the left side of the camera. By pressing this button all the variables you can see in black bricks on your screen like ISO can be monitored.

4. Change the AF-C

Change Af-A to AF-C. You can do this by simply pressing the little “i” button at the bottom of the camera. This is the mode which tracks the subjects movement and can predict before it makes it. Yes it sounds freaky to me too but it actually works. Now you know how intelligent you SLR actually is and how you can manipulate it. 😀

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4.Set the shooting mode to continous

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In continuous shooting mode, you can press the shutter button and hold it down to take several photos in a row without lifting your finger. Coz in this mode the speed at which the camera takes the pictures is much faster, so continous mode makes it easier to keep up with the action and shutter speed.

5. The focus point

The focus point tells the camera where to focus.

  • Auto Select in my opinio is best for photos with one subject (by themselves) in the frame, because we are capturing action and the subject is moving its harder to find perfect  focus with every shot. So just let the camera do this part.

so wrap up: This is how we want our screens to look like when our kids are all geared up for action.

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  1. put the camera in Shutter Priority ( S) mode
  2. Set the shutter speed to 1/1000
  3. Change the focus mode to AF-C
  4. Change the shooting mode to Continuous
  5. Find your focus point.

 

Enjoy photography!!!

 

My Work Space

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My office! The little place of heaven I have for me to gather all the crazy ideas and shape them into something. Its actually a console and our entrance. I drag a chair from the dining and cozy it up with adding faux fur to it! and voila! our entrance doubles as my office!

I love that its practical, saves space and is the perfect little spot for me to work when noone is home 🙂 🙂 daughter at school and hubs at work. The little one can hung on to me as much as he wants! Coz he loves it there too!!! a.k.a the laptop and all things digi 😀

So anyways! The chair and console table both are from ikea.

I brought in art to jazz it up! and Love the sunburst mirror! My rule is every entrace should have an orchid and a sunburst mirror. Well thats also true for work spaces 😀 Just love my sunburst mirror, and this table was soooo lonely for a while without the orchid i scored form ace! soooo much better now

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I fell in love with this chair and bird print on khaadi one of our local brands. its actually a cushion cover which I bought in hope for it to find a place or buddies somewhere in future! But it was just not pretty to be hidden in a closet! So I framed it in an ikea frame and Ta-da jazzed up work space annnd entrance.

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The mouse pad which is also a score from khaadi (love the print) is actually a table mat or coaster or sth! But fits perfectly into my pretty mouse pad needs 🙂

 

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This side of my workspace (divided largely by my laptop which moves around) is really fun. A cute picture frame with a lovely moment, a coffee mug which is like esssssential for my mornings! a chalkboard coaster which is for my coffee mug.

An ispydiy rock paper weight and a gorgeous DIY string diamond art by me. For which you can find the full tutorial diy easy string.diamond.art

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Does anyone else love ispydiy as much as i do! Its unbelievably cool. An ispydiy  tutorial for tissue paper mugs! didnt do the tissue paper version of it. But it inspired me to use pretty colors on a mug recovery. And I also created a paper weight out of rock on the similar polka dot lines! isn’t it cute 😀 Full tutorial to be posted soon.

PicMonkey Collage

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And the rug is my absolute favourtie vintage dhurrie rug from my moms dowry! back in the 1970! 🙂 Precious!

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so this is my cozy little nook for endless pinteresting, planning, dreaming and blogging!

Every creative person should have a sanctuary to embark on new adventures 😀

Happy blogging!

Have a fabulous day !

 

Easy Chocolate cupcakes with MnM choc ganache

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What every parent should do on a Friday morning or a Saturday or a Sunday morning???

Bake Chocolate cupcakes with kids!!! and than take them on the other level with chocolate ganache!!! and than make kids fall in love with them(if they aren’t ecstatic already!!) even more with some tossed crushed (or whole) mnms on them… 🙂 Best and yummiest PJ activity!! Now does that image not bring a smile to your face or what?!

 

 

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My daughter wakes up every Friday morning before us! Well us being super lazy after a night out and dizzy after the week. But kids hardly know that. She wakes up bursting with energy as usual and is eager to jump right ahead on the weekend! which is not possible always. She bursts into our room in her PJs (well sometimes she gets dressed by herself too before bursting in!) and demands cereal and movie or her ipad! considering we are still asleep! Most often we succumb and she is set up for an hour or two, but then what! she is bored and up to mischief.. and our groggy noises aren’t doing any good 🙂

So? solution: Friday morning is the cooking time in our family.

😀 😀 😀 🙂 🙂 🙂

We bake, we whisk we laugh, we crack eggs, we scoop, we measure, sometimes spill (uh-oh), and kids love that!! There are plenty of easy recipes out there which are kid friendly but require parental guidance ofcourse! I tend to make my own. One of the best options is always to make cupcakes!!! and its also the first one she demands to do.

 

 

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So this time we are doing CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE AND MnMs

She is responsible for : whisking, measuring, cracking eggs, pouring, smashing mnms and eating. 🙂

Enjoy the recipe!!!
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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE AND MnMs

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Flour                               2 cups

Oil                                    1 cup

Eggs                                 3

milk                                 1 cup

cocoa powder                1/2 cup

baking soda                   1 tsp

baking powder              1 tsp

sugar                               1 1/4 cup

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Method:

1. Turn on the oven at about 250 C. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and brush with oil lightly. Set aside.

2. In a bowl combine all the wet ingredients, and whisk well.

3. Combine all the dry ingredients.

4. slowly add the dry ingredients one cup at a time while whisking into the wet ingredients. Continue till the batter is thoroughly mixed.

5. Pour it into the cupcake tray and bake for about 20 mins or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Chocolate gananche

Ingredients:

Chocolate bar              40 gm(your fav bar)

butter                             1 tbsp

milk                               2 tsp

Method:

1. melt the chocolate in a bowl set in boiling water. add butter and milk and whisk. Add more butter to add gloss and more milk for better consistency and thinning.

And there you go! beautiful silky ganache ready to be licked and dipped 🙂

 

 

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To Decorate:

Take each cupcake and submerge the top in the ganache. Rotate it a bit and take it out!!

 

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Top with crushed or whole MnMs!!! Heaven!!!!!

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Well now our Friday mornings are not full of sleep ins, but they are definitely much more sweeter and rewarding and fun!

 

Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

easy healthy chocolate chip oat cookies

 

 

easy oatmeal chocolate cookies

 

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EASY HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT COOKIES

 

Oats  2 cups

flour  1 cup

mashed bananas   3

butter   100 gm

dark choc chips or chunks

 

Recipe

1. Combine all the ingredients,except choc chips, together and stir them really well with a wooden spoon till they resemble a dough.

2. Add another mashed banana if the dough is still loose.

3. Grease hands with bit of olive oil and make balls. Flatten each ball to form a cookie and place choc chips on top.

4. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with greased parchemnt paper. Bake on 250 C for 15-20 mins or until lightly golden brown.

5. Remove, cool down and enjoy!