Some people call it Rapid-fire Mode. All Pro Models (DSLR) cameras have it and many Point and Shoot Model Cameras have it as well. A reader in Qatar emailed a question about it today through my website and follows Camera Talk here, so it’s nice to know that In the Know has an international audience and they take the time to ask me questions. For the benefit of all, I’ll post my reply here.
Although I use Burst Mode many times, trying to catch a bird in flight, there are ways to use it, most folks never consider. It does fill up your memory card quickly and gives you a lot of extra shots to either edit or delete after you download your camera. So, I wouldn’t recommend using Burst Mode all the time.
Trying to catch action at a sporting event, a child blowing out birthday candles, or a fisherman pulling his catch out of the water are a few examples. Just remember, your camera flash won’t work in rapid-fire. Without a tripod and not using a timer on your shutter, you can eliminate shutter shake using Burst Mode. So, I use it sometimes, even when shooting a landscape. Steady the camera as best you can and fire a burst of 3 shots. The first and last shots will have camera shake from you pressing and releasing the shutter. The middle shot should be the sharpest; enlarge it on your computer and compare it to the shot before and after and you’ll see. Until next time Happy Shooting.
A wildlife photographer living in Okinawa, Japan, Mike has been featured in Matador Abroad and is published in Apogee Photo Magazine, Boots N all, The Nihon Sun and Photo Guide Japan. He has recently joined the ranks of travel writers, capturing Nature, Festivals, Castles and Cultural shots of the Ryukyu Islands to share with the world.