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10th of March 2007 (Sat), 12:51
Sports photography is an area where I have absolutely no experience, but I've been asked by a friend to take some photos of him surfing and just wanted some advice regarding autofocus.
With AI-Servo selected, which autofocus points should I use? When shooting portraits I always choose the focus point that corresponds to the eyes, but obviously this is almost impossible with so much action! Should I just select the centre AF point, or choose automatic AF point selection and let the camera deal with it? :confused:
Thanks in advance!
10th of March 2007 (Sat), 13:01
I would got with the center focus. I have had success with moving objects with this focal point, But then again I havent shot anything that moves faster than a 6yr old.
10th of March 2007 (Sat), 13:09
I use the center focus point all the time. Even with sports.
11th of March 2007 (Sun), 10:43
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11th of March 2007 (Sun), 17:00
:D Thanks for all your help guys!
11th of March 2007 (Sun), 18:23
I was about to ask this question. My main problem is lighting, and I know it. I am taking photos inside a gym, no flash allowed, of a flag team. Lots of movement. I used the mid-point focus, nice to see it is used by others.
11th of March 2007 (Sun), 18:52
There is a centre focus point "fixation" with a lot of people and using it does not always work to get the right composition. Depending on lens and distance from the subject, the point below centre may be better for a tall subject, or where you don't want a lot of foreground.
You should always think about foreground/background and composition, even for high speed active sports.
12th of March 2007 (Mon), 11:24
Using the center AF point will be easier, but it's the center. I usually use the side AF points.
If you are getting close to him (big lens), focus on his head.
12th of March 2007 (Mon), 11:28
Most of the time, I am using the center AF point, but, recently I got the 30D and with one of the custom functions enabled (I forget which one now), you can use the little 8-directional dial to change AF points. In fact, this dial sits right where my thumb sits when I take pics so it is very easy to change AF points if I want to try an experimental shot.
For example, I recently shot a ringette tournament, and I quite often did some really neat shots with goalies/faceoffs where the player was off to one side of the photo. This involved changing AF points to one of the sides.
Very convenient. Other than that, like I said, I mainly use the center.
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