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The perfect sequence shot machine: Shooting Snowboard Action Sequences with a Sony RX10ii by Leo Rosas

3/09/2016 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

A sequence shot is the perfect chance to show an athlete in action, from start to finish and arguably is also the category that takes the most time.

Check out some tips and tricks on how to shoot a great sequence.

Photographer Leo Rosas Morin ( headed out to Absolut Park in Flachauwinkl, Austria, where he met up with snowboarders Adrian Krainer, Seppl Ramsbacher and Clemens Millauer for an afternoon of shredding and sequence shots.

Armed with the Sony RX10ii, Leo managed to capture action at a stunning 14 frames per second, making the camera the perfect sequence shot machine.

Sequences tips

Shooting sequences is an interesting way to showcase motion in a single still image. Especially for sports, sequences allow the viewer to experience and understand the path or route of the athlete, and have a better understanding of the motion of the sport or trick.

There are two ways of doing this: either framing one shot where all the action will happen & ideally shooting with a tripod… or panning and shooting vertically to follow the action and later stitch together a panorama.

Interested in giving it a shot? Here are some tips from photographer Leo Rosas Morin for your next action sequence shoot…

1) Visualize what the sequence is going to look like and select an angle that will allow you to have a clear view of the different frames without it getting too cluttered.

2) Shoot in Manual mode for a better control of the light in general. Use fast enough shutter speeds to freeze your subject and avoid motion blur when shooting handheld.

3) Use a fast camera (I used the Sony RX10ii) to capture as many frames as possible in the shortest time. This helps you to select the best timed frames and gives you more options.

4) Consider panning while shooting, it can help you with the following:

  • a) Increase resolution of your final image as you will combine several frames. 
  • b) Shooting vertical when panning horizontally and shooting horizontal when panning vertically will allow you to secure enough space to align and compose your final image. It also allows you to keep the subject central in your single frames and avoids distortion. 
  • c) Panning will also help you to get closer to the action and still be able to cover the whole sequence.

5) Shoot in Raw unless you plan to shoot an extensive sequence where the camera might perform better in JPG compression.

6) Once on the computer back up your images… Remember you’re working with bigger file sizes.

7) If you shot in Raw, open the images and make your basic corrections to all the selected images.

8) Open them all as layers in Photoshop

9) Use the “Auto-Align Layers...” function

10) Check and adjust and crop to your final format if necessary.

11) Analyse and judge which frames are the best to keep and which ones are too much… cluttered sequences are actually not easy to understand and might not look as good.

12) Save your open PSD file to keep when you’re done.

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Photography: Leo Rosas Morin |
Video: Jonathon Williams
Athletes: Adrian Krainer, Seppl Ramsbacher, and Clemens Millauer

Text, image and video via Red Bull Illume

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