Tipsy Thursday #10
When shooting action sports the first thing is to make sure that your camera is on continuous mode. This means your camera will keep shooting as long as your finger is holding down the button. Some cameras have an option to control your focus as well to continuous...meaning the camera keeps re-focusing between every frame. This is great so as your subjects move away or towards you the picture stays in focus & doesn't stay on your original focus mark. A high ISO is very important as well! Depending on your sport & light available 1600 is a good start. "S" (shutter mode) on your camera is a good option so you can put your shutter speed up as high as you want and the camera with automatic work on the aperture. This all keeps you moving at the fast speed of action sports!
Now depending on the sport, the shoot location you should stand at varies...including things like the metal fencing you can come across at baseball fields. But don't sit still...move along the side lines! Don't be afraid to get by the goal on a soccer field or by the goal on a football field! Having your camera on a monopod (it's like a tripod with just one leg) keeps you able to move back and forth but give you stability for the best focus possible.
I don't know if this is something others do but I've developed a technic of keeping my right eye in the camera and keeping my left eye open following the action. So this way I can see if a new player is coming into the frame that I'll need to pay attention to or to know where the players are on the field. It is not a comfortable way to shoot and it's the peak of multi-tasking...but once you get use to it this allows you to not get lost in your camera and miss a GREAT shot!
Lastly get in the habit to shoot in spirts. Don't just hold down and keeps shooting for 30 seconds...you'll never forgive yourself in the long run when you have several thousands (yes I said SEVERAL!) pictures to proof afterwards!!! I will normally shoot for a second or two and let off the button, maybe adjust my zoom. Remember lastly to focus on the action moments and not just shooting everything. Not saying to forget to shoot cute shots...but you can only have so many running shots with no action!