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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

Because there is a lot happening in a short timeframe (movement phases of a fast animal or athlete), and you want to photograph it all and/or the exact timing of the relevant event cannot be ...
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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

Strictly speaking, one does not need high FPS burst modes for sports or wildlife, but rather they are useful tools that open up more options. I've shot sports in the last few years with a Canon 7D, ...
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Lots of noise in my hockey pictures. What am I doing wrong?

A few things you can do to improve your results. Use ISO 5000 or 6400. The way Canon DSLRs handle the ISO settings between the full-stop settings (100, 200, 400, 800, etc.) means ISO 5000 is cleaner ...
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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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Is a 70-200mm f/2.8 without IS suitable for high school sports under artificial lights?

If the choice is between a 70-200mm f/4 with IS and a 70-200mm f/2.8 without IS, you're far better off with the f/2.8 lens and the 'faster' shutter speed that allows when shooting most sports. For ...
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How did John Cheng create his photograph of Simone Biles at the FIG Gymnastics World Championships?

John Cheng here. Just found this so here it goes: This illustration was shot with Nikon D5. I was position probably 30 degrees off to the side of the vault, pre-focused on the vault table with a 24-...
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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

In addition to all the correct answers about how fast action occurs, I'd like to point out two fundamental biological reasons for why you need burst: 100ms. This is the fastest we can react to a ...
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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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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Selecting an appropriate aperture When shooting sports in low light you're not going to be able to shoot at f/11. Most of us use f/2.8 lenses and shoot wide open. We do this not only because it helps ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Sports photography usually require two things: a long focal length and a wide aperture. The long lens is required to shoot action a long way away. The wide aperture is used for two purposes: ...
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Lighting variances on sport mode

Most probably, this is due to the lighting and its continuous pulses. The Digital Picture has an excellent article called "Flickering Lights (Why are some of my pictures dark?)" that states: The ...
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What camera settings should I use for ice hockey?

The best way to shoot indoors sports in most fairly evenly lit gyms/rinks/arenas is to set exposure manually. It gives you the most complete control over shutter times, aperture, and ISO. Keep in ...
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How do you remove netting from the pictures?

In post processing there is a way to try. Whether the result is less obstructive or not depends on your personal viewpoint, patience, skill and luck. What you do is get an image processing ...
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Why are my football action shots blurry?

There are three basic issues that can make sports pictures blurry: Subject motion too fast for the selected shutter speed. Missed focus Too much camera movement for the selected shutter speed. The ...
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Are there any cheap, fast lenses capable of highschool sports photography?

I would first consider what focal lengths are needed. I am not a sports photographer but I have been able to shoot some middle and high school basketball where I could stand right at the sideline and ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

The most obvious thing is that you chose to use f/11 for your photos. At least according to the EXIF data on this image, your lens had a maximum aperture value of f/5.1 at this focal length. By using ...
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Lighting variances on sport mode

Any suggestions of how to fix this? Replace the lighting with a type that does not flicker at the rate of the cycle of the alternating current powering the lights. Use shutter times longer than one-...
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How did John Cheng create his photograph of Simone Biles at the FIG Gymnastics World Championships?

It's better than the attempt I made in 2004 at the Olympics in Athens to do something similar. I took multiple, normally-exposed photos, and digitally stitched them together later.
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Need help taking photos for volleyball

Shooting indoor volleyball is one of the most difficult assignments even an experienced sports photographer can draw. I know plenty of folks who get paid to shoot sports as part of their jobs as ...
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How to focus on fast moving objects with a low-end dslr?

In addition to Kevin's answer -- fast shutter speed, experiment with AF modes -- here are three more tips that will help you reach success: Use manual focus. The fastest autofocus systems are too ...
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What is the best way to photograph a marathon?

At the time I'm writing this, I have completed 40 marathons, 36 half marathons and many other races. Recently, I volunteered as a photographer at a small marathon. Based on this, I would start by ...
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How did John Cheng create his photograph of Simone Biles at the FIG Gymnastics World Championships?

This isn't really "a" photograph. It's what's known in the photojournalism world as a "photo illustration" that allows the photographer more leeway in producing an image. Not only have multiple ...
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How to draw attention to signs of exercise exhaustion?

You need to capture the "decisive moment" with regard to facial expressions and body posture in the instant that reflects both the accomplishment achieved and the toll that achievement took on the one ...
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How can I get a high shutter speed and correct exposure when taking photos of horses in an indoor arena?

When you're using the lens at the widest aperture and the photo is still too dark at the longest acceptable shutter time, then the only exposure parameter you have left with that lens is to raise the ...
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Are full-frame cameras bad for sports photography?

Maybe full frame (FF) cameras were less well suited for sports in 2011 when this question was originally asked and FF cameras were slower than their APS-C and APS-H counterparts. But not any more. ...
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Why isn't my DSLR focusing accurately on a fast-moving subject?

Use a smaller aperture to get a larger depth of field and give yourself a little more room for error. Even just going from f/3.5 to f/4 at 18mm would probably give you about an extra 10 feet of depth ...
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Are there any cheap, fast lenses capable of highschool sports photography?

The ideal lens in this situation is probably a 70-200 f/2.8L and the older Mark I USM (non-IS) version, might fall inside the price range on the used market. The lack of IS is less of an issue with ...
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As an inexperienced user, how can I best take action photographs with a DSLR and consumer superzoom?

The biggest handicap you're going to have to deal with when using that lens for sports is the relative narrow maximum aperture. At the longest focal length, which you're going to be using most often, ...
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How do I choose between the D7200 and D610 for sports and all-round shooting?

Both cameras have strengths and weaknesses for the various shooting scenarios you have mentioned. It's up to you to decide which features are more important and thus work better for you. From ...
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