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How can I track planes at airshows?

Personal experience in air shows(*): forget the tripod, someone's head is going to be in the way. Two useful techniques: Learn to shoot with both eyes open, one in the viewfinder, one on the side of ...
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How can I track planes at airshows?

Practice. Practice won’t make it easy. Practice only makes it easier. The duck hunter shoots clays in the off season. The footballer trains all week for the game on Saturday. Tracking moving objects ...
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Recommended shutter speed for action sports?

In general they like to use the fastest they can get away with. Just how fast that can be is subject to a number of variables. What focal length? How far is the shooting position from the ...
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Why is my camera missing the action again and again?

Capturing fast motion is hard. It requires persistence, benefits from practice, and focus on the few successes not the many failures. Even experienced photographers produce more poor pictures than ...
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Will a 14mm f/2.8 prime be useful for nearby action shots?

Probably not. The Rokinon/Bower/Samyang/whatever else it is being marketed as this week 14mm f/2.8 is a manual focus lens. That makes it difficult to use for photographing action. And while it is true ...
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What kind of action cameras work in very low temperatures?

For sounding rockets, just use an insulated enclosure with the lens sticking out -- flight time is short, and thermal inertia should keep the camera working. A hand-warmer containing iron filings and ...
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is live view or mirrorless suitable for telephoto shots of moving subjects?

The suitability of live-view and mirrorless camera options for use with long telephoto lenses comes down to ergonomics, practice, and context. The biggest factor is likely how you're viewing, ...
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Why is my camera missing the action again and again?

If you had the center focus point selected manually, the camera did exactly what you told it to do. It focused what was behind the center focus point in each frame. If you want to track subjects ...
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How to capture a fast moving subject?

I think your issue here is two-fold. You're not just trying to capture fast action, you're trying to capture fast action in low light. There is no hard-and-fast set number that will guarantee you ...
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What do I need to consider when taking martial arts technique photos for a book?

My question is - what quality photos do I need to take for the book to look good? Can I use an ordinary hand-held digital camera? Or do I need professional equipment, such as studio,lighting etc? As ...
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How can I track planes at airshows?

Most airshows I've been to are too crowded to usefully use a tripod, if you're in the "photographer's box", press stand, etc. If you're anywhere near the front-and-center location, you need ...
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How can I track planes at airshows?

Get a Sight without Magnification I'm not sure if this is a problem for you, but many times the problem is that you have a very narrow field of view through your viewfinder, so as soon as the object ...
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Why is my camera missing the action again and again?

You said you also tried d9, that was a much better choice than single point; personally I would probably have been in d51 just because that's what I almost always used (even w/ static subjects). And ...
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Recommended shutter speed for action sports?

For sports, the simple rules are: to stop action, lean towards the higher shutter speeds. There is a trade with depth of field, so there is a judgement call, depending upon how you want your visual ...
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How do I get bird-in-flight shots with a bridge camera?

... the problem is the sports mode is too slow Depending on what you mean by "too slow" there are a few settings you can try. But a bridge camera is relatively handicapped in two ways of being slow ...
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How do I get bird-in-flight shots with a bridge camera?

There are two speeds of interest - shutter speed and what I'll group as camera speed. The shutter speed is the first - too slow and you'll get blur. Sports mode should be OK for this but if it isn'...
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Continuous drive mode with a flash- impossible?

The flash must recycle before it is triggered. Some flashes refuse to trigger unless recycled, but most will flash anyway, but at a lower unrecycled output (irregular illumination results). A ...
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Continuous drive mode with a flash- impossible?

It is quite possible within certain parameters. Those parameters would include the ability of the camera body to regulate the continuous drive rate, the ability of the flash to provide the needed ...
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How to capture a fast moving subject?

You are too short on your description. But here are the basic options. A) Is the background also blured? Use a tripod. B) Use a flash. Try to bounce it on the church celling to achive a more natural ...
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Reducing a Multi Image Scan to separate tiff's lossless - photoshop

I think you're making this way too complicated. Just make four copies of each scanned TIFF in the operating system (you could write a shell script or batch file to do this for you), and then just open ...
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Metering for Fast Action Under Changing Lighting

I agree with Alaska Man's solution and would comment there but I want to add considerable detail that won't fit in a comment. To do what he's suggested, get a subject to stand in the bright sunlight. ...
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Batch resize images to a particular ratio without cropping

You can do this with xnView or xnConvert. Both are free tools. For each batch conversion you can add multiple commands, resize the image to a certain size, fill with colour if needed, follow ...
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What should I look for in a lens to take zoomed-in photographs of jumping horses?

What am I looking for in a lens to get the pictures I want? You're probably looking for a longer lens (100mm or longer focal length) with a big maximum aperture (f/2.8 or bigger; that is, has a max. ...
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What should I look for in a lens to take zoomed-in photographs of jumping horses?

Like a lot of things associated with photography, a lot depends on how much you are willing and/or able to spend to get that "next big shot." A lot also depends upon the conditions under which you'll ...
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How can I take better pictures in an indoor pool?

I've been shooting kids' swim events for about 5 years. While indoor pools yield the smallest number of keepers, you can still get some decent shots. Here's what I find that works: 1. lens with wide ...
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is live view or mirrorless suitable for telephoto shots of moving subjects?

[I know we're straying into the world of video here, but I feel it's still relevant] Why is live view harder than "TTL"? because you are not using the senses you were born with - that your eye & ...
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Capturing darts in long exposure

If you use continuous light, even against a well-darkened backdrop, the dart will show only as a faint streak. If the dart takes 120 ms to fly from hand to board, any given position's image will last ...
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is live view or mirrorless suitable for telephoto shots of moving subjects?

As the other answers have hinted at, this isn't so much about the difference between an electronic viewfinder and an optical viewfinder as it is about the different ergonomics of using an eye level ...
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How to apply a layer mask to multiple images in photoshop

Sounds like you want to be using the Batch processing tool built into photoshop (Under File, Automate, Batch). I believe you will need to point the batch processor to the mask you want to apply and ...
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is live view or mirrorless suitable for telephoto shots of moving subjects?

The difficulty of pointing is a combination of both the different body position when looking at a screen and the inherent latency in a LCD display. One option would be to mount an external viewfinder ...
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