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Jul 08, 2011 12:04 |  #1

so im trying to shoot different sports. the camera i have is a canon rebel XT. as of now im trying to shoot surfing and i have a few questions about it. first of all im shooting from the shore sometimes the water flows over my feet. is this a good spot to stand or shoutd i be farther away? the lens im useing is a 55-250is canon lens. most of my shots are 640-1000 shuter speed. should i be shooting with a higher shutter speed? it looks like my pics are kinda blury when i view them in actual size vs. the fit to screen size on my computer.is that because im sitting to close to the screen therefore looks blury? should i use a tri pod? my iso is set to 100. im shooting in shutter priority mode.all help will be great!

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Jul 08, 2011 12:17 |  #2

Assuming your photo is properly exposed, your settings are good. You should be getting no motion blur at 1/640-1/1000. I go as low as 1/500 for normal surf shots. Post up some of your photos so we can see what you're talking about. Remember that full size images are not going to look as sharp as an image resized or printed.


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Jul 08, 2011 12:28 |  #3

SurfKahakai wrote in post #12725388 (external link)
Assuming your photo is properly exposed, your settings are good. You should be getting no motion blur at 1/640-1/1000. I go as low as 1/500 for normal surf shots. Post up some of your photos so we can see what you're talking about. Remember that full size images are not going to look as sharp as an image resized or printed.

oh cool thanks for the info. i didnt know that pictures look sharper printed then in full size. im not able to post pictures yet because they are to big and i dont know how to resize them




  
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Jul 09, 2011 15:27 |  #4

Are you shooting Al Servo or One Shot.


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Jul 09, 2011 15:32 |  #5

I shoot one shot




  
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Jul 09, 2011 16:50 |  #6

canonguy10 wrote in post #12730728 (external link)
I shoot one shot

That could be your problem. IMO you will get a better keeper ratio in Al Servo. Give it a shot.


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Jul 09, 2011 17:32 |  #7

Oh cool thanks for the info ill try it




  
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Jul 10, 2011 01:06 |  #8

You might also want to try to bump up the ISO to get shutter speeds higher than 1/1000. It was super sunny at San Onofre today and took some shots at ISO 400 and shutter speeds ranged from 1/1000 to 1/4000.


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Jul 10, 2011 01:29 |  #9

effstop wrote in post #12732552 (external link)
You might also want to try to bump up the ISO to get shutter speeds higher than 1/1000. It was super sunny at San Onofre today and took some shots at ISO 400 and shutter speeds ranged from 1/1000 to 1/4000.

Cool thanks I'm learning every day. I was at moonlight and swamis today.




  
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Jul 10, 2011 01:53 |  #10

I too like to shoot surf and my settings is TV/ss1000/ISO100-400/AI Servo. Here's a pic from this morning down HB. Hope it helps you out. Btw, US Open is coming up at the end of the month thru Aug 7th.

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Jul 10, 2011 08:32 as a reply to  @ shutterpat's post |  #11

1. Get your SS as high as possible - min 1/1000 th sec. (unless doing speed blurs).... I prefer 1/1200th or higher.
2. Get your ISO low as possible yet still have a min. 1/1000th sec ss.
3. Apply the "Sunny 16" rule or try f stops between f8-f16.
4. Use AI Servo!
5. Center point focus only & keep it on your subject.
6. Use Manual exposure if not AV. (TV adversly effects dof sometimes- not good ... unless thats the look youre going for).
7. If youre a pixel peeper, use a tripod .... its not absolutely needed though if your SS is high.
8. If you want to take the best shots, with the best timing, go surfing! Only a surfer knows the feeling.

Happy shooting in the life. ;)


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Jul 10, 2011 10:26 |  #12

Mark II wrote in post #12733355 (external link)
1. Get your SS as high as possible - min 1/1000 th sec. (unless doing speed blurs).... I prefer 1/1200th or higher.
2. Get your ISO low as possible yet still have a min. 1/1000th sec ss.
3. Apply the "Sunny 16" rule or try f stops between f8-f16.
4. Use AI Servo!
5. Center point focus only & keep it on your subject.
6. Use Manual exposure if not AV. (TV adversly effects dof sometimes- not good ... unless thats the look youre going for).
7. If youre a pixel peeper, use a tripod .... its not absolutely needed though if your SS is high.
8. If you want to take the best shots, with the best timing, go surfing! Only a surfer knows the feeling.

Happy shooting in the life. ;)

wow thats alot of good info. im getting alot of good pointers. thank you alot everone.




  
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