Stop the Action
When I shoot my priority is to stop the action. For me a shoot is not a sitting, it’s a session where everyone is moving. If they’re not then I get them to move, that’s when good stuff happens.
I adjust the settings on my camera to shutter priority so I can photograph people in motion without getting a blurry image. The shutter speed ranges from 1/200 sec. to 1/4000 sec. depending on whether my subjects are sitting on a couch or jumping off a wall. I let the camera automatically adjust the aperture to obtain the correct exposure for the available light.
Shutter priority allows me to be spontaneous and go in the flow with my subjects without having to continually check the camera settings.
I want to make the camera itself disappear so that I’m performing effortlessly and my subjects are acting naturally, unselfconscioulsy, expressing their spirit and love for one another. The times when this happens I call Moments of Grace®.