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I use a combination of 2 lenses, a 300mm prime on a 1.4 extender for distant formations / individual aircraft and a 100-400 for the formation shots and stuff happening on the ground. I tend to use AI Servo (I am a Canon user, I am sure someone will quote the appropriate mode on Nikon if required). For individual aircraft I usually set the focus point to the ...


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Probably the most important factor: Shoot from a low angle. If you can get low enough that you can see the sky under the person, it more clearly exaggerates that they are in the air. Alternatively, shoot against a background with clear depth cues - A person jumping on a large, flat plane of a similar color provides no clue that they are actually in the ...


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In this particular case, I'd probably tackle it with lots of cold coffee, a big roll of paper towels, and a very big box of those cookies. Couple that with some real patience, a partner or long cable release, very fast shutter speeds (given it is outdoors, it'll be the shutter that freezes the moment), and several exposures in sequence. Putting those ...


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One of the Key elements should also be - The Decisive Moment The timing of the photograph is very important! At Sport Photography, like Skate Photography, hitting the Apex is a Must... These following examples are showing how important it is, to find the decisive moment of the photograph Photo by Garry Winogrand in the 1950s... ... and the following ...


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My son & I have been to a few airshows, and though I'm not a pro shooter, I can offer some advice based on what's worked well for me. As always, location, timing and lighting are important. The EAA fly-in in Oshkosh, WI is a great example. With the aerobatic "box" lining up with the main N-S runway, the afternoon airshows often have some great ...


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You can definitely take better pictures of small children with a single shot and you don't even have to be an experienced photographer (but you do need a good camera, see last paragraph). I'm not an experienced photographer, I mostly take pictures of my two (very fast) children and I used to think continuous drive is a great advantage in photographing ...


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Cross type focus points are slightly better than horisontal/vertical focus points. A cross type focus point is basically a horisontal and a vertical focus point in one. The only problem what you would have with focus points that are not the cross type, is that they have problem focusing on patterns that are horisontal or vertical, depending on their ...


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Shooting birds in flight with the Pentax DA★ 300mm f/4, I think the answer is twofold: Prefocus on something, either by finding a target at a similar distance, or by the distance scale. For most larger birds at a good distance, infinity is good enough to see a bird-blob in the viewfinder. Find the target with one eye open. Yeah, I know you've tried. Try ...


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While usually tele lens is used in sports photography, using wide angle from low angle and near distance can help in exaggerating height of the jump:


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Faster lens. The EF 55-250mm f/4-5.6 is a little slow. The EF 70-200mm f/4 L is not quite as slow. The EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L is better. The EF 200mm f/2 L is the fastest lens (along with the EF 135mm f/2 L) above 85mm Canon makes. Use the widest aperture the lens is capable of. Higher ISO Crank up the ISO. It is better to have a shot that is a little noisy ...


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Rule #1 is to get out of their way and just wait for their expressions. It is more or less like nature photography, where you wait for hours to get the right shot (easier for you because babies are slower than birds :) ). You should be able to anticipate the emotions and have your subject in focus before the onset of the emotion. I have shot a couple of ...


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If you have a viewfinder, I would bring the camera up to your eye, and pre-focus if possible, then just wait it out for that perfect moment. If the subject moves considerably, you have to keep pre-focusing by pressing down the shutter button halfway until you are ready to fully depress it and capture an image. If you do not have a viewfinder, the LCD screen ...


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I agree with @Fake Name about the low angle. It works particularly well with a low angle and recognizably "tall" items in the background. When you get lucky enough, a rainbow never hurts either: :-) And yes, in case anybody cares, that really was luck, not compositing. As you can see, the weather did make for a rather dark shot though. Of course it can ...


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I am not an expert at photographing airplanes and air shows by any means, however I can offer some more general help. (We do have a talented member who photographs air shows and air planes quite a bit...@JamWheel. Hopefully he will see this and offer up some better advice.) First off, you will likely want a pretty high shutter speed to help you freeze that ...


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Based on the last two answers I may be missing the point of the question here, but instead of worrying about aperture, your question more directly relates to how do I track action. Tracking abilities I would split into 3 categories. The Camera The Lens You Part 1: The Camera Some cameras just wont do tracking particularly well. You really need ...


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Both the Canon 600D and the 650D have 9 focus points: the central focus point of the Canon 600D is cross-type, the others are not all the 9 focus points of the Canon 650D are cross-type.


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Normally the wider aperture of a faster lens allows you to use shorter shutter speeds to 'freeze' motion. But when you are trying to do panning shots to show the skateboarders moving through their surroundings you need to use longer shutter speeds than what you would use to freeze the entire scene. From a hardware perspective what would probably be most ...


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It is my understanding that the more experienced photographers in this area use sound triggers such as the Nero Trigger, TriggerTrap, or PhotoTrigger. They typically are just simple microcontrollers that can be triggered by a variety of different things, such as sound. They also allow you to setup a delay typically so you can capture the perfect moment that ...


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The only option is either higher ISO or a "faster" lens (smaller f number). A flash likely isn't going to be powerful enough at the distances she's having to shoot from. The image becomes blurry because of the shutter speed being too slow. The shutter speed is slow because it needs more light to get a good exposure. Using a higher ISO will gain up the ...


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Been shooting at airshows (not professionally though) for something like 30 years now. My system: 1) no autofocus. Have yet to find an AF system that can keep up with a small object approaching the camera at very high speed. 2) manual exposure, same reason. The aircraft will be a lot darker (relatively speaking) than the sky around them. Use a greycard or ...


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It is not unheard of for some of these shots to be taken right out of a a videostream. They stop right where they like the shot, snap, there it is and print! It may not be true photography the way you and I shoot, but a lot of people use photoshop to the nth degree and the gray area begins!


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Practice, practice, practice. I think spontaneous people photography is one of the harder areas to master. Unlike landscape, still life, studio work etc it's something you have little control over. The only way to get it right in my opinion is to keep at it, and practice lots. That way you get used to how your subjects react, when best to click the shutter ...


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Propeller driven planes: Use speed priority and do not exceed 1/250s in order to avoid frozen propellers which is ugly. If you can use the slowest possible shutter speed. Jets: Use speed priority again and select the fastest possible shutter speed. ISO: Use the one that gives best results for your camera, with the least electronic noise. And practice, ...


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The shutter speed is crucial. To capture good sports images that freeze the action you will need to be using a minimum shutter speed of 1/1000 your camera does go up to 1/2000. However, as the shutter is opening for a shorter period of time, it is not letting enough light in; you should increase the ISO to allow for the sensor to become more sensitive to ...


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My photographic style is ACTION, and I need at least 9 focus points to get better photos, at least, that's what a website said How many AF points do you use on the camera you have now? And which ones do you use? If you only use the center point (as I do) then it doesn't really matter if all the others are cross type, double cross type, or whatever. If you ...


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A "cross type" point is simply a specialized type of autofocus point. Cross type AF points provide more accurate autofocus. Both the 600d and 650d have 9 focus points. The difference is that while the 650d only uses the more accurate "cross type" points. Details: The term "cross point" indicates that the focus point works in 2 dimensions instead of just ...


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As John Cavan said, however I would substitute the cookie being dropped with a small stone, that way you dont waste them and get coffee full of bits. I dont think you would get a splash that size, from biscuits the size of the ones in the photo either.


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Well there are two ways you can go. On the cheaper, but (relatively speaking) lower (but still good) quality you can look at things like GoPro which is designed for being highly portable and durable. It has limited functionality, but can be easily mounted to a bike for example and shoot decent video or basic photography. You can also look at ruggadized ...


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Just practice a bit more, it'll come to you. One thing that I've noticed is that watching the subject isn't always enough of an indicator to when something will enter the camera's view -- if possible, use the background and other items in the scene, too. It's tough to tell at such a shallow DOF, but you may be able to make out that the blur in the background ...


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You have quite a few options to get the most out of the equipment you currently have. It is possible that in the situation you are trying to shoot, it is beyond the capabilities of your current camera. With that in mind you can try: Use a tripod Scene Mode - Sports Shutter Priority mode and increase your shutter to a faster speed Shutter Priority mode ...



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