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I need help taking action pictures - 90% of them come out blurry

What settings should I use?

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I would suggest using the Kids & Pets option, but you have to use a flash for that to work. I have been trying to figure out a way to take clear action photos without a flash, but I think it's impossible.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008

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