Action photography sets a unique combination of challenges for photographers and their kit: the world is full of movement, but how do you capture it in a single image? Successful action photography requires you to understand some essential camera settings and features, and the impact they have on your photos. Mastering these will enable you to record blurred images to convey motion, or 'freeze' the image to capture a moment in time. There are also action techniques you can try, such as panning and tips specifically for anyone looking to photograph water sports or shoot action video.
It's also really beneficial if you're shooting with fast and lightweight kit. Canon has designed a comparatively compact and affordable range of highly capable cameras and lenses that can deliver excellent results when shooting action, including entry-level telephoto lenses that enable you to get as close to the scene as possible.
Here we outline the essential settings and camera features you need for shooting action and share some top tips and techniques to help you create incredible images.