How to photograph a black-powder rifle being fired, and other lessons

Snapping a photo of a blink-of-an-eye event, like a black-powder rifle firing, takes a lot more than luck.

You need the right tools, proper preparation, and a lot of patience, says professional photographer Daniel Giles.

Giles is among the attendees at the 2011 Philmont Photographic Workshop, happening right now during a beautiful time to visit the BSA’s New Mexico high-adventure base. It’s hosted by the Boy Scouts of America and Canon USA.

This week, I’ll be sharing exclusive videos from the event. The aim of the videos — and the workshop itself — is to inspire, entertain, and educate you about the tricks and techniques that professional photographers use.

The first video, shot by Eagle Scout Michael Piccolo and edited by Tim Lawler, is seen below. It explains how Giles captured the elusive black-powder shot. It’s a classic Philmont photo that conveys the power and excitement of shooting a black-powder rifle. What Scout would see this photo and not want to try his hand at shooting one of these classic firearms?

Listen as Giles explains his techniques:

For your Scouting use, feel free to download these high-res photos:

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