What are your top tips for catching the action
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04-09-09, 02:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
It's an obvious one... But use the longest lens you have and leave it at the maximum focal length.
If the action appears too close and the viewfinder is completely crammed with action, so much so it feels uncomfortably tight and you get scared that you're cropping arms and legs off, that is when you need to be firing the shutter. The biggest mistake would-be sports photographers make is to pull back from the action and try to include space for the action to flow or thinking they can crop into the shot. Chances are the in-camera shot will be much looser than what your eyes saw through the viewfinder at the time.
The problem with the above shot is that it's far too loose. Also, without sounding harsh, the shot lacks rugby action, like a tackle or contact action. On the plus side the player on the ball looks as though he has a good expression (many successful sports shots are simply a human facial expression), but you'd need a 500 or 600mm lens to get right in there to make the most of it.
I hope that helps you progress.
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