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  • Tips for trip to Spring Training

    Dh and I will be headed to AZ late March for to see our beloved Brewers at spring training. This will be our 3rd year going and this year I've decided I want to (attempt) to get some great shots of some players in hopes of getting them printed up for next year to get them autographed. The first year, I got a great shot of Robin Yount that I had printed up on canvas and was able to get him sign last year.

    My gear consists of a canon t2i, 50mm 1.8, 18-55mm, 55-250. My plan is to get some good seats, one day on first base side, one on third base side (so I can get both sides of the players).

    My question, first of all- any good tips? Secondly, I've been looking into renting the 70-200 2.8. Think that's a good idea? Or would my 55-250 be fine? I like the 2.8 aspect.
    http://dianastockfischphotography.yolasite.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54818687@N08/
    Cameras: Canon T2i 550D & Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
    Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm, Canon 55-250, Canon 50MM f/1.8 Canon 28-80mm

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    I did just find an awesome write Jim did on Sports photography so that was aweome! (I was hoping he'd chime in) so, other than that, any other tips from personal experience?
    http://dianastockfischphotography.yolasite.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54818687@N08/
    Cameras: Canon T2i 550D & Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
    Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm, Canon 55-250, Canon 50MM f/1.8 Canon 28-80mm

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    • #3
      Here is a good article on general aspects of sports shooting. http://digital-photography-school.co...tograph-sports I shoot RAW and not JPEG as my Rebel XS does not have a burst mode and it keep sup with my shooting very well.

      Renting the 70-200 f2.8 is a good decision as the AF is crisp and fast. The lens is super sharp also. be sure to maintain at least 1 to 1 ratio of focal length to shutter speed. I prefer to use back button focus.
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      • #4
        Thank you! I did see that article as well (and reading the ones suggested at the bottom)

        One question I had that I've seen was the focus point. I've read I should use them all and then another article said use a single focal point...
        http://dianastockfischphotography.yolasite.com/
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/54818687@N08/
        Cameras: Canon T2i 550D & Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
        Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm, Canon 55-250, Canon 50MM f/1.8 Canon 28-80mm

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DianaS View Post
          Thank you! I did see that article as well (and reading the ones suggested at the bottom)

          One question I had that I've seen was the focus point. I've read I should use them all and then another article said use a single focal point...
          I use single focus point. It is hard enough getting good action shots telling the camera where to focus much less allowing the camera to decide where to focus.

          Consider yourself having a good day if you get at least 20% of your shots in focus and how you want them. So shoot a lot as storage is cheap.
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          • #6
            Agreed, I just shot a national futsal tournament here. 22000 images over 4 days, 6 games simultaneously an hour with 3 cameras.

            We ended up with ~3,000 usable images

            Back button focus + AF-C was invaluable! My only additional tip is , remember that you're using a single focus point and BBF as if you're trying for a 1/3 composition, you might accidentally refocus in the centre of the frame! (or wherever else you put the focus point).

            If you're interested the shots are here:

            The K Effect - Event Photography Online Ordering | National Junior Futsal Tournament 2013
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            www.thekeffect.com.au
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            Nikon D600 / D7000, 35mm 1.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, 2 x SB-700, Pocketwizard set

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            • #7
              If you read Jim's article, there's not a lot more to add. Metering/focus modes really depend on the BG. If there is a cluttered background, or a significant difference in brightness, then you need to be more "specific" with your camera settings (i.e. spot). And the more specific the settings are, the more important it is that you get the relevant point(s) on the subject.

              98% of the time I'm in aperture priority, auto ISO (limited), spot meter, continuous spot focus. If I were set up on the sidelines on a day w/ fairly constant light I *might* go to manual with continuous spot focus (AI). I usually limit the number of focus points the camera can used based upon how easy it is to get/keep the center focus point on subject. The harder it is, the more points I enable...but too many points can slow down the AF system.
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              • #8
                Put a 70-200 2.8 on reserve for my vacation!! I can't wait to try that lens out! Everytime I see it, I get lens envy Only 498 days to wait!!!
                http://dianastockfischphotography.yolasite.com/
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/54818687@N08/
                Cameras: Canon T2i 550D & Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
                Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm, Canon 55-250, Canon 50MM f/1.8 Canon 28-80mm

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                • #9
                  Tips for trip to Spring Training

                  Do you mean a reflector or a flash diffuser? If you mean a reflector the best place for it is in your car. They blind people, and make them squint. Use flash.

                  Thats also why the sun is usually behind the subject, so they dont squint. You just need to light them. Use flash.

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