Photography Boot Camp Week VIII: On the Go

Catching Up? Intro, Week I, II, III, IV, V, VI, & VII

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I know, I totally slacked off on this & I’m pretty sure everyone thinks I quit doing this. But I didn’t! I swear. It’s just been insane & hectic the past few weeks & unfortunately, this little project fell to the wayside. It’s not that I haven’t been working on my skills, because I totally have. I’ve been playing around a lot with my new lens & I learned a bunch in San Francisco. I will say, I think it helped tremendously to be shooting next to someone who knows his stuff. I mean, he could correct & teach me within the moment & see the things that I’m not doing or I don’t know. That is invaluable, in my opinion.

Enough with my excuses, right? This week is all about capturing subjects in motion. It makes sense to have a faster shutter speed to capture the action, but cameras need a lot of light to function like that. That’s where a lens with a low f/stop is great. My new lens is a 35mm f/1.8, so it definitely qualifies from that aspect.

Another thing I learned is to make myself a tripod when shooting – learning to place my arms/elbows against objects to create a steadier hand. This strategy is also helpful when shooting moving objects as it eliminates blurriness from the photographer’s hand.

So what did I learn this week?

  • Keep shutter speed over 640 for outdoors and over 25o for indoors is ideal.
  • It’s okay for part of an action shot to be blurry as long as most of the photo is in focus
  • Pan the camera to create an effect where subject is “flying” past the background elements
  • Shoot in manual mode – automatic modes can cause over/under exposure of the face depending on shade of sports uniforms

What’s next? Portraits! Any volunteers?

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