When photographing action, try using a high shutter speed- 1/250 second or higher. This will automatically mean that you will be using a lower f-stop and less depth of field. If you are hand-holding your camera, your background will probably be “soft and slightly out of focus” to highlight your subject. However, it depends on how much “light” you have as you are photographing. This action shot of Nikki was taken during a very bright day with lots of white snow at 1/2,000 second shutter speed. However, the entire scene looks fairly crisp. Enjoy!