Looking over images of a recent event I shot, I noticed that the second or third image I took of a group of people was often the best. I was shooting with flash in a dimly lit event space and it seems that by the second or third consecutive photo, people’s eyes are open and their expressions are more natural.
If you’re going to try this technique set your camera’s frame rate to 5 FPS or lower and be sure to have good batteries in your flash!
My friend and top music photographer Ryan Muir also mentioned that “another good reason for using burst mode when shooting (in low light without flash) is that in a series of 3 or 4 shots, the later exposures will have less evidence of camera shake as your grip stabilizes after depressing the shutter button. This is also true when taking long hand-held night exposures.”