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Roger L. Dwyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/16/2003
 

Photographing People in Motion


 
  nice smile
nice smile
this is images of special needs kids taken midday bright sun pola. filter at 1/125 sec. at f 6.3 95mm focal length iso 100 and used a 70-200 image stable lens
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  slow walk
slow walk
taken midday bright sun pola. filter at 1/200 sec. f 6.3 at 78mm focal length 70-200mm lens
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  joy of life
joy of life
taken midday full sun at 1/80 sec. f 6.3 200mm focal length with 70-200mm lens pola. filter
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I like to photograph people on the move and just did a shoot of kids with special needs riding small ponies. I handheld for all shots. If you had to shoot this, would you use a tripod? Most of my photos are clear, but I think I could have done better


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11/10/2009 5:51:54 AM

 
Randy A. Myers
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/20/2002
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  A fact that some people don't realize is an image-stabilized lens doesn't correct for subject movement. It is meant to help with camera movement. I would use a minimum of 1.6x your focal length for the shutter speed since this is the factor for the crop sensor in your camera. Other cameras will vary. With a moving subject, I would up the shutter speed even greater than that. Don't be afraid to raise the ISO if you need to to obtain a faster shutter speed. Hope this helps.


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11/10/2009 6:59:28 AM

 
Roger L. Dwyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/16/2003
  Thank you for your answer this will be real helpful because I am going to do this again and I will try what you told me and see how they come out. Good thing about digital you can try different settings


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11/10/2009 2:14:21 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
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  There's a general rule of thumb for hand-holding... the shutter speed should be at least equal to the inverse of the focal length. For example, if you're shooting a zoom at 200mm focal length, strive for a shutter speed of 1/200th sec or faster. If the focal length is 80mm, then 1/80th sec or faster. As Randy pointed out, however, this is for camera movement only. The faster you can get the shutter, the better to include bumping the ISO. Monopods and tripods will help, especially for stationary subjects.


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11/10/2009 2:48:22 PM

 
Paul W. Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2006
  Hi Roger,

I wear prosthetic legs so I use a tripod most of the time. What I would do is pick a point somewhere in the travel of pony and rider and focus on that point. Then when the rider comes along Iím sure to have picked a good spot where the background is good for the shot and Iím not shaking the camera.

Paul


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11/24/2009 4:38:58 AM

 
Roger L. Dwyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/16/2003
  Thank everyone who responded to my question on people in motion these tips will really help Roger


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11/24/2009 9:04:55 AM

 
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