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Practice sequencing for better, more natural pictures 

I often see amateur shutterbugs at a wedding or event carrying a camera and only occasionally using it. The photographer will just be standing there, and then at the spur of the moment decide it’s a good time to take a picture. Turning towards their subject, they will announce their intentions and ask the subject to look at the camera. Then, one shot later, they’re back doing whatever it was they were doing before.

This one-off practice of taking a single picture almost never works out.

As a professional who documents weddings, events and news stories, I practice sequencing to make my pictures better. Sequencing is when you take several photographs in a row, and is a wonderful technique. It requires you to be the observer, frame your subject, and photograph things as they happen in real time in front of the camera.

Often you will see a great photograph online or in the newspaper and wonder how the photographer got the picture at that exact moment. What you may not realize is the photographer took several frames one after the other and chose the one that worked the best.

Today’s cameras are utterly amazing for this. In the days of film, you needed to be very careful with how many exposures to make of any subject. With digital cameras that's no longer an issue —  you can press the shutter button as many times as you like.

To illustrate, I’ve included a sequence of pictures of my children before their first day of school. They were a little crabby so it took some time. I made 35 frames in all, and here are four that I like.
click to enlarge From left, Jacob, 8, Harper, 10, and Abby, 13, before the first day of school. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • From left, Jacob, 8, Harper, 10, and Abby, 13, before the first day of school.
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Happy shooting!
Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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