On some smartphone cameras, you can shoot a number of photos in quick succession by holding the shutter button down for a little while.
This trick—known as burst mode—is the magic sauce that makes a whole new world of photography possible.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (look him up, he’s pretty awesome) often spoke of capturing “the decisive moment.” He’s talking about that microsecond where everything falls into alignment. The great news is that whether you’re shooting portraits, action photos, or, well, pretty much anything else, burst mode is an excellent shortcut to ensure you capture the decisive moment.
Timing the perfect shot of two flags is hard, but the burst mode on a smartphone will help to shoot a ton of photos. After that, all you need to do is to pick the one you like best. Easy!When cool stuff is happening, just hold the shutter button down, and later review the hundreds of photos you took.
It’s fun to scroll back and forth to see what happened, but you’ll soon discover that burst mode is a ridiculously powerful tool for photographers. The old photography masters had perfect timing. You have technology, and you know how to use it.
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