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George Powell
 

Minimum fps for sports sequence shot


I've shot a fair amount of ski and snowboard photos with some good results. I've recently been asked to do a merged sequence for a jump / kicker. I'm using the D200, how do I get the absolutely most fps from this camera and even at it's best how good a result can I expect?


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11/22/2006 4:09:57 AM

 
W.    Shooting a ski or snowboard sequence obviously involves movement. Subject movement - and if you don't watch out - camera movement as well! Freeze the subject movement with shutter priority (Tv) set at 1/250th sec or faster. Eliminate camera movement. Use a tripod and DON'T move the camera while doing the sequence exposure! You need lots of light to get a small aperture translating in a reasonable Depth of Field, so choose a bright day, with the sun at your left or right to get good 'modelling' on the jumper.

You'll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Have fun.


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11/22/2006 6:46:31 AM

 
JAMK  Photography
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  What do you mean by most fps? I have the D200 and it has a setting where you can choose the fps. My D2h and D70 both does the same. I mainly shoot sports and yes use shutter priority or you can even use aperature priority. Either way, get the fastest shutter speed possible. Also, do a few practice runs and don't hit the shutter to soon. Speaking from experience, I've done it before. I would hit the shutter early on my D2H and miss the peak action of the shot and that's at 8fps. Timing is everything.

Hope that helps.


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12/5/2006 4:58:46 AM

 
W.    "I would hit the shutter early on my D2H and miss the peak action of the shot and that's at 8fps."

Huh? Please advise how you manage to 'miss the peak action' with a buffer of 37 (JPG) or 22 (RAW). That seems quite a feat.


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12/5/2006 5:10:47 AM

 
JAMK  Photography
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  This link will explain it better, watch part 3, it's towards the end of the clip. It's called premature motordrive in this video.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/special_feature/2004_luau_video/shooting_football/index3.html

You indeed can miss peak action, just because it's 8 frames a second, it does not mean you will get the best possible peak action. For example, if shooting pitcher in baseball or a quarterback in football, whatever. The best peak action is when the ball is just released. If you hit it too early it will still be in his hand one the first shot and too far away on the second. It might not matter to some but sometimes it will make the difference between a good shot and a great one.

I've never shot ski photos but I assume it will be the same as with any other action shots.

Hope that clarify things.


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12/5/2006 8:05:26 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I didn't realize they called it "premature motordrive". I thought this whole thing is called timing. If you push your shutter too early, of course you're going to miss the shot. Don't push the shutter early, push it when the action happens. Not earlier.

And personally, I'd use Av to get the fastest shutter speed possible. Set it on the largest aperture your lens has and and that will give you the fastest shutter speeds. If you shoot on a sunny day, put the ISO on 100 for the best clarity and least amount of noise. On a sunny day and ISO 100 you should be averaging speeds of 1/1000 @ f/5.6 and 1/2000 @ f/4.


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12/5/2006 3:40:40 PM

 
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