So on warm sunny days, when you shoot summer outdoor sports…. hey wait. It is -23.5 C outside, here in Mono, Ontario.
But yes, I thought this would be a nice time to give you a walk-through of an outside summer sports picture, like this Rugby shot from July 4, 2010:
So how do you shoot outdoors sports?
- Perhaps S/Tv mode with a fast shutter speed, or A/Av mode with a wide open aperture. I prefer Av mode, wide open, so that I can be sure that the fastest possible speed will be selected. Manual is also possible of course. In the shot above, I used Aperture mode at f/3.2.
- I used an ISO setting of 200 – just a little faster than 100.
- This gave me a shutter speed of 1/3200 second.
- The lens was a 200mm lens – namely the 70-200 f/2.8 at 200mm on the 1D, meaning 260 effective mm.
- Use AI Focus/AF-C focusing mode!
- And use one focus point.
- Look closely at the background: looks like turbulent air is making the background look, well, a little turbulent. This is normal on artificial turf, and this will limit what you can do in terms of distance.
- As a wide aperture I try to shoot groups of people in the same plane of focus, as in this image – either that or single players.
- Obviously you will be using continuous shutter: click click click click click.
- To enable this, use a fast memory card.
- Position yourself so that you catch players with the sun coming into their faces – not on the back of their heads!
- Try to catch expression/emotion if you can. Quite a lot of that in there I think.
- Sports like Rugby are also colorful – all good.
- I shoot RAW, but sports is the one occasion when sometimes I shoot JPG – smaller files and faster clicks.
I thought a quick outdoor sports picture would be nice for today’s belated post – I remember sweating on that day.
A distant memory now that it is -23.5 C! Almost time to drive to Scarborough to teach “Travel Photography” at 1pm (there’s space!).