August 7, 2018 at 3:17 pm #32793
Okay, now you’ve made my trigger finger start to twitch. I’m currently wishing there was an abundance of little kids around to send outside to run around so I could try out what you mentioned (since that sounds like a pretty reasonable idea). But there’s not an adundance of little kids around and it’s kinda hot outside…so I’ll have to wait. Maybe I’ll try it out when we head back to Washington in September; ultimate frisbee on the beach would be good opportunity. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions!
August 7, 2018 at 3:19 pm #32794August 7, 2018 at 5:12 pm #32798
- This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by Morgan Giesbrecht.
Throw your mode switcher to Manual, and leave the ISO on Auto
Now that’s a great idea! And yes, you can put ISO into “auto” with a Nikon. I definitely am going to give that a try! I like the idea of having more control of my aperture and shutterspeed. Thanks!August 7, 2018 at 5:52 pm #32799
@bennett-family (Back to the original topic) a couple of the other things we learned in ACTION were to try to shoot for the eyes, meaning try to see one or preferably two (if you can see three, take a picture and post it here!) of the subject’s eyes doing whatever they’re doing as opposed to the back of his/her head.
Candids are great—so get them!—but don’t be afraid to ask for a quick pose (“hey—can you look at me for a second? and maybe give me a smile?”).
The last thing I’ll get to you is make a list of images your client (the camp) is wanting. This might involve asking the client what the images will be used for and what types of images they are wanting to see (e.g. kids jumping in pond, running, two kids conversing over peanut butter and jelly, an image that expresses “fun”, etc.).
Hope this helps!
Oh, and @morganwriter1gmail-com, have you ever tried to play frisbee on the Washington Pacific Coast? If the wind is blowing, it’s near impossible (like I’ll throw it twenty feet east so it goes twenty feet north), so I would anticipate getting there at the beginning if the wind is up so you can catch the first attempts. Make sure to keep your camera out of the sand, and have fun!August 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm #32800
No, I’ve never tried playing it in Washington (or any where for that matter) myself…just watched about 30+ young people (including my brothers) play it last October in the middle of flood/high surf/wind warnings. (The wind was blowing at about 50mph.) Thanks so much; I’ll keep that in mind. 🙂August 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm #32801
(if you can see three, take a picture and post it here!)
Eh if I see that, I will be careful not to take a picture haha
make a list of images your client (the camp) is wanting.
Wow good thought!! I had thought of that at one point but completely forgot; I’ll make sure to do that!August 20, 2018 at 10:46 am #33055
I just returned from my week at camp and I wanted to thank you both for your very helpful comments beforehand. Your comments were in the back of my head as I was running around, and were so helpful. I learned alot through the experience.
Logan, the idea of putting the camera in manual and throwing ISO into auto – that was SO helpful and worked beautifully!! I was able to get tack sharp action photos, decent indoor photos, and it was just great.
And the encouragement to say, “Hey can you smile at me?” was good too. I got lots of nice pics by doing that 🙂 Oh, and I asked my uncle if he could give me a list of shots they would want, and he looked at me kinda strange and said, “Umm, I’ve never made a list like that before…” Turns out the person who used to do photography for them was not a photographer – they just needed someone to take pics so she’d go around and snap stuff. So with me doing actual composing of scenes and such, they all thought I was just amazing, which struck me funny because I still would consider myself to be an amateur 😀
Morgan, your comment to focus on the eyes was super helpful! There were alot of great candids.
Thank you both again 🙂August 20, 2018 at 1:07 pm #33058
@bennett-family, I’m glad the throw the ISO into Auto trick worked! I’ve never actually tried it myself (it sounded like it would work in theory, though), so I think I might have to give it a shot the next time I shoot an event with difficult lighting (my next one I’m foreseeing I’ll be asked to shoot should be outdoors though in the sunshine, so I don’t know if I’ll have to worry much).August 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm #33067
Thank you for the report, @bennett-family! It so helpful to hear what things actually work and which things don’t!August 23, 2018 at 7:12 pm #33106
@loganlamar, there were a few times that having the ISO in “auto” made it difficult, as the camera was exposing for the lighting in the scene incorrectly (for example, exposing for the brighter background instead of whatever was in the foreground), but those few times were well worth it for the ease that it gave me in shooting all the various activities the rest of the time!August 23, 2018 at 11:17 pm #33110
Did you try spot metering? I started to use it a lot when working with AV (aperture priority). I now use it almost all the time exept when I shoot full manual.August 24, 2018 at 11:58 am #33114September 13, 2018 at 6:25 pm #33558
So glad you enjoyed yourself and got some great shots, Lydia! 🙂September 15, 2018 at 11:20 am #33578
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