I have been trying to learn to use my tele lens to take, well, tele photos . Most of time, until recently, I've been using it to zoom in on faces for portraits, so the distance wasn't all that great.
I did use it at a zoo, sporadically and with variable results. I am now trying to work out a consistent approach to using the tele at long FL, long distances, and still get photos with no or little blur.
Doesn't seem to be working out that well. Went to the zoo yesterday, and I did manage to get a few useable photos - but all had some degree of blur. Just low enough that it could be taken care of in PP. But still not even close to the few great shots that I was able to land in the past without really knowing what I was doing.
So, I am looking for tips on using tele, and it seems that the Wildlife is the place to ask.
Here's a couple - I think in this one, I used too low of shutter speed (1/200 at 100mm, probably should've been at least double that to avoid motion blur):
But then there's this one - it's not very sharp, and the bear wasn't really moving, my shutter speed was 1/800, so I assume I just wasn't steady enough
Both are processed photos. Already sharpened etc.
So, what do you do ? I keep seeing people in the zoo with monstrous lenses and no tri/monopods. I have a very light 55-250 IS, surely I should be able to achieve decent handheld photos if they can do it with their Bigmas and 70-200/2.8 IS and what not. So it must be in technique.