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Jan 30, 2012 13:00 |  #1

I'm interested in using my 7d for sports and have alighted on hockey (the British version).
Please let me have your comments and suggestions for improve


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Jan 30, 2012 13:02 |  #2

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Jan 30, 2012 18:48 |  #3

They look good. When shooting sports, try to get the ball or object of action in the frame. Photos 2 and 3 are good action shots of the players, but without the ball, the images are lacking an important part of the story, especially because the hockey players are reacting to the ball.


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Jan 31, 2012 12:16 |  #4

I have been shooting basketball a lot lately. Best advice I have had is "each shot needs ball and face". I found it is true about 98% of the time.

Great shots! First and last look the best to me. Nice one about the last one is that the shoe brand matches the sock brand : )


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Jan 31, 2012 13:11 as a reply to  @ johnb007's post |  #5

Thanks for the feedback guys. I have done a bit of tennis photography and I agree that they look much better when there is a face and a ball. I guess that I will have to go for more high speed continuous shooting to increase my chances of getting that ball in the shot.

Had not spotted the brand connection between the socks and the shoes!


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Jan 31, 2012 18:21 |  #6

You may not need to "spray and pray" with the rapid fire to get the ball/face combo. After watching the game for a while you will be able to predict where the ball is going and when the handler will shoot or pass. Learning to time may get you better shots than just cranking up the FPS.

...at least that's what the experts tell me.


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Feb 13, 2012 13:05 |  #7

I see the improvement compared to your first hockey post.

#1 I like the timing. I like the colors.

#2 Is good hight wise. You were at knee level of the athlete. But colors are not poppy enough. Also the moment is not that great. Keep the horizon straight. If the ball was on the stick it would have been much better. (you should have waited a little longer.

#3 Timing too late. Ball is gone and the follow trough of the stick is almost completed. You want to catch it right after the ball is hit. It doenst matter if the ball is not in the pic but at least capture the most intense pose right after.

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#4 Is nice. It has good colors. Ok moment, not great but good.

You have 7D 8fps. Just hold down that button and choose the best moment when you are home.

It may sound wierd but hockey is a horizontal sport. Action is close to the ground and fast paced in horizontal direction. You should try to keep your camera horizontal too, you are able to catch much more of the action.

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Mar 02, 2012 04:26 as a reply to  @ jvk's post |  #8

Thanks jvk.

I will work harder at the horizontal bit and also get the ball in the frame. So much to think about. Colour is a problem because the team I shoot for have black shirts and when I meter off the face the shirts are too dark, so I am trying to meter off the shirt and then I have problems getting enough contrast to produce pin sharp focus. Maybe I should meter off the pitch?

Gosh this is difficult but I will keep getting out there, practising and learning.


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