Normally, your camera takes a single shot when the shutter button is pressed. In continuous shooting mode, sometimes called burst or drive mode, your camera will instead take a series of shots as long as your press and hold the shutter button.
How quickly pictures are taken in continuous shooting mode varies by camera. Most point-and-shoots will fire somewhere around 2 times per second, but many DSLRs can shoot as many as 8 times in a second. And, most cameras have a limit to the number of shots you can take in a single sequence. That number is generally bigger with DSLRs than with point-and-shoots.
Burst mode can go a long way towards increasing your chances of getting that perfect shot. With continuous shooting, you are capturing a series of images and that increases the likelihood that one of these images is the one that you were looking to get. With burst mode, you can capture a series of images and then pick out the best one later.
Continuous shooting mode is particularly helpful when you are shooting sports or any fast-moving subject. It can also come in handy when you are photographing group portraits because it increases the chances that you’ll get a shot where everybody’s eyes are open.
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We've seen how managing the ISO setting allows you to control the amount of grain that shows in your photos. But it does more than that. Understanding and working with the ISO setting gives us added flexibility in terms of setting the other two exposure settings–aperture and shutter speed.
The bottom line is that ISO is an important and useful tool, and one that you will want to be comfortable with if you are looking to take creative control of your exposure.