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I recently went on a photo walk with a group of people to shoot a local lacrosse game and received some excellent tips for shooting fast action which I thought would be helpful for all of us shooting our dogs in action too. These come from professional photographer Michael Maloney who was a San Francisco Chronicle photographer for over 20 years:
- Shoot in single point auto focus and concentrate on keeping that focus point on your subject.
- Put you focus mode to AI Servo (for Canon) and Continuous (for Nikon).
- Set your frame rate to High frames per second.
- Keep your ISO as low as possible and still maintain a minimum shutter speed of 1/500th of a second.
- Shoot in AV (Canon) or A (Nikon) for control of your depth of field. Generally you will want to shoot wide open (low aperture number) to throw the distracting background out of focus. In this mode however, you want to always be aware of what shutter speed the camera is giving you. You want at least 1/500th of a second or faster to stop action.
- If comfortable, shoot in manual exposure mode. This way, every frame will be properly exposed and consistent. Your meter will not be fooled by large expanses of bright or dark backgrounds.
- If shooting in manual mode, use the grass playing field as a quick way to determine proper exposure. Aim your camera at the grass to take a meter reading. Green grass is very close to 18% gray. If your subject is back-lit, open up the equivalent of one stop to give more exposure to your back-lit subject.
- Shoot the action and re-action, always looking for great expressions from the athletes.
- Sometimes the best sports photos happen when you least expect them, often times away from the ball so be ready for anything.
- Shoot often - the more you shoot, the better you will get.
You can get some more of my favorite photography links to books, blogs, dog photographers, and tips in this week's Bark and Bites post!