AKA Kids Summer Comp

Quick update

Just a quick Blog to say thank you, to the Applied Karate Association for once again inviting JustGreatShots Photography along to cover their Kid Karate Competition, held at the Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth back on the 12th May. Online Gallery now contains just under 400 images from this amazing sporting event.

Thank you all once again, and hope to capture you all at the next one

Trying our hand’s at Rugby

Out with the Camera

Ok’ay let me start off by painting the picture, it’s snowing with a wind chill factor of -3c and we get a phone from my daughter who says, Harvey is playing Rugby in Petersfield this afternoon, it would be great if you could pop down.

So camera in hand I head off down to the local Rugby in Petersfield, I have no idea about this sport. I just know it’s a little bit like Football \ Amercian Football which involves a bunch of men chasing after a ball, and trying to score a point at the other end of the field.

On arriving and setting up my camera gear, within seconds I can’t feel my fingers due to forgetting my long finger gloves, but I start to try and follow the game and capture all the action which is involved in this sport

At the end of the game, did I now have an understanding of Rugby NO,  but I had learnt a couple more tips when it comes to capturing action sports, and I did get to meet a really lovely bunch of people, Rugby truly is a thug’s game played by true gentlemen.

 

 

Increasing that ISO range

Out with the Camera

Ok, January / February’s weather in the Uk can be very hit and miss, with anything from heavy rain, high winds and sometimes even snow. Well, this year so far has been different from previous years apart from one thing, and that’s me trying my hardest to get out more with my camera.

So with camera kit all packed and strong winds forecast to be hitting the UK, I headed off down to Hayling Island to try and capture the waves hitting the beach front. However, instead, I found myself taking photographs of something I’ve never tried until now, that something was kite and windsurfing.

Play Time

90mm, ISO 800, 1/8000 sec at f/7.1

Trying to capture these guys crashing through the waves was great fun. I found myself learning more and more about increasing ISO settings to therefore increasing shutter speeds. By increasing the ISO, you also start to increase digital noise, but where the sky is overcast and grey this isn’t an issue.

Surfing the Waves

90mm, ISO 500, 1/6400 sec at f/9.0

Both of the above images as you can see, where both taken with a low ISO rating. However for someone who normally just uses ISO 64 – 100 this for me was a learning curve, and I started to put into practice what I’ve learned about the exposure triangle.

Up And Away -320

200mm, ISO 1000, 1/8000 sec at f/9.0

The remaining part of the day saw me starting to play with ISO settings up into the 1000+ range, trying to capture that sharp action shot.

Standing Strong

78mm, ISO 800, 1/8000 sec at f/7.1

Before heading off home for a nice hot drink, and an evening of photo editing to see what I had managed to capture.

I will be going back and trying these style of photography again due to being great fun and it really helps me learn more.

 

Adding Background Movement

Camera skills

So adding background movement in a photograph is all about getting your panning right along with your camera set up, so what is panning I ask myself.

Panning is having the ability to move your upper body but keeping your feet still and your camera on target to the subject you wish to photograph, whilst keeping the subject in focus but adding blurred motion to the background.

Bad Panning movement

Panning not quite in time with the subject

As you can see in the image above, the panning in this shot isn’t up to time with the movement of bike and background, blurred foreground and background was caused by me moving the camera to fast

Good Panning

Panning timing nearly right

Ok, so with practice and keeping my camera settings set the same as before, I practice slowing down my panning movement to allow the camera to focus on capturing the motorbike, whilst adding just enough movement to the background and therefore providing action to the above photography

Camera Setting:

Aperture Priority, ISO 200, 1/160sec, F11, and 185mm