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Keep Shooting! Photography Assignments (04 Feb 2013)
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First action pics of Kids
Levi (1 of 1) by Julie Natonabah , on Flickr
Lucas (1 of 1) by Julie Natonabah , on Flickr
Pettyjohn- (1 of 1) by Julie Natonabah , on Flickr
Lightning Fast (1 of 1) by [url=http://www.
Little man Huff (1 of 1) by Julie Natonabah , on Flickrflickr.com/people/wallys_momma/]Julie Natonabah[/url], on Flickr
I ran into the same issue a few months back when I started. What helped me the most was increasing my shutter speed. I was looking at the Exif data on your photos. You could easily increase your ISO to give you a faster shutter speed. The one tip I got was keep your shutter speed around the same as your focal length (ie 200mm, 1/200sec).
Hope that helps
Shooting at ISO 100 probably wasn't the best choice tbh. I would have increased it to at least ISO 400 and would probably have used F/4 instead of the varying apertures used here, which would have allowed you to set a faster shutter speed. For this situation, I think Aperture Priority with an aperture of F/4 and an ISO of 400 would have been the best choice.
I assume the 70-200mm has VR/IS? If so, make sure that is on also and follow the rule that you at least match your shutter speed value with the reciprocal of the focal length.
Julie Natonabah wrote: ...the focal length/shutter speed was a great tip. It will be my next assignment on my next trip out with camera in hand.
That tip only helps to prevent camera shake, not motion blur (what you're getting with the kids' legs and hands). For fast motion, a shutter speed of at least 1/500 is recommended. You can open up your aperture or increase your ISO or both. Set your camera on Tv (or Shutter Priority) at 1/500 and your camera will adjust as needed.
With your 5d Mk II and 70-200 2.8, you could even use Av (Aperture Priority) mode to set the aperture to 2.8 (wide open), the focus mode on AI Servo, and ISO to 800+ (depending on how much you dislike noise). On a sunny day you would easily get a fast enough shutter speed to stop the kids' motion.
I agree with what has been said. It's easy to solve : shutter speed. Just increase it depending on the type of action you are shooting. I saw your photos and you used the same shutter speed in all photos; just increase it a few more stops till you see you don't have motion blur anymore. Then just work with the aperture and ISO so you can get the proper exposure.
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