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Most photographers think of high-speed photography as being the domain of sports and wildlife photographers, that is, shooters who are going for sequences where the action is unfolding rapidly and you want to be sure you capture the peak moment. Obviously, that's where high-speed photography is most commonly used. But think a little outside the box, and you may find that keeping your DSLR set to high-speed drive mode is a good idea in a lot of other situations.
|High-Speed For Sharpness.
Many pro photographers have used high-speed drive modes to get sharper photos. This pro trick works because the point at which you press the shutter down is the point where the camera is most prone to sharpness-robbing movement. We all tend to snap a shot with a bit of a jerk of the hand. However, if you're pressing and holding the shutter button, your whole hand and arm become more steady following the initial jolt. The second frame will be sharper than the first, and the third frame likely will be sharper than the second. This trick works for handheld as well as tripod-mounted shots because even on a solid tripod, you tend to introduce some motion as you press the button. This is also why some photographers use remotes and mirror lockup with their cameras on a tripod. Vibrations kill sharpness, and pressing a shutter button creates vibrations.
High-Speed For Peak Action.