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Sherri L. Regalbuto
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
 

action photography


I have been doing action photography for over 2 years and love it. I am still having problems when shooting dogs coming right at me. Is there a way to get a face in perfect focus in this situation? By the time I focus and shoot the dog has come either 6" - 12" closer to me and their body is in focus but not the face.


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3/6/2007 8:24:52 AM

 
W.   
Hi Sherri,

so yours won't sit still either, eh? LOL!

Use a (much) smaller aperture ("A" setting) to increase the DoF (Depth of Field).

The shutter speed will slow down, so you may need to set a higher ISO.

Have fun!


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3/6/2007 8:29:37 AM

 
W.   
Also, some camera's have "predictive focus": the camera focusses continually on the subject and keeps doing that during the exposure too.
Apparently your cam doesn't have that.

However, most reviews I read about it aren't very enthusiastic about this feature.
My camera has it too. I've tried it, but didn't find notable differences with 'normal' focussing, so in daily practice I never use it.


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3/6/2007 8:38:54 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Pre-focus on a point the dog will eventually cross. When he(she) gets close, fire off a series of shots in rapid succession.


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3/6/2007 10:47:17 AM

 
Sherri L. Regalbuto
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  W.S. yes my camera does have the focus when subject is moving mode. I do use it when shooting football, swimming or soccer. But with the dogs it doesn't work so great, don't know if they are moving too fast for it.

Bob, I do focus on certain things when I can but if the dog is running in an open field or beach I can't do it.

Thank you


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3/6/2007 2:24:39 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey sherri,
since the face is what you want in focus,and I would think predictive focus in a rather expensive camera compared to mine should be at least comparable,set iso to 400 and open up your aperture to assist your predictive focus.
my predictive focus works best in sports mode,actually yes in auto.it was designed that way.then again you may just need a shorter focal length to make it work.
sam


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3/6/2007 7:29:25 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Practice follow focusing.


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3/6/2007 10:24:56 PM

 
Who Me? 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  wow 2 yrs, do you mean only on the weekend 2 yrs, cause you are not experimenting enough.


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3/7/2007 8:50:56 PM

 
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