While the motion blur created by a slow shutter speed can convey a sense of movement, occasionally you will need to completely freeze the action in front of you. In continuous shooting mode, the shutter opens and closes in a rapid series of actuations. With a speed of four frames per second, the Nikon D5000 can create a sequence of nearly any fast action, whether it be a skateboard trick, basketball shot or wrestling move.
Move the power switch on the top right of the camera body to the "On" position. Rotate the mode dial, located just beneath the power switch, to "Auto" mode.
Press the "i" button, located in the lower left corner on the back of the camera, to access the shooting information menu.
Use the down arrow on the directional pad to highlight the shutter release option, represented by an "S" bordered with a square. "Shutter Release" is just beneath the ISO selection option on the menu. Press the "OK" button to select the option.
Highlight continuous shooting mode, symbolized by three stacked squares to represent sequential frames. Press "OK" to engage continuous shooting mode.
Move down to the focus selection option in the menu, located just below the shutter release option. Press "OK." Select "AF-C" or "3-D Subject Tracking" to ensure proper focus during continuous shooting mode.
Look through the viewfinder and compose your image. Depress the shutter button halfway to lock the camera's focus on your subject.
Hold the shutter button down to begin continuous shooting. The shutter will continue actuating as long as you hold the button down.