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Left Eye Dominant Shooting w/both Eyes Open

 
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Nov 18, 2013 17:02 |  #1

I am a left eye dominant person and really struggle to shoot football with both eyes open. These DSLR's just are not built for us left eye guys. Or am I the only one that has issues with this.

I just picked up a EF-300mm f2.8 L (non-is) and this week was my first shot at using it to shoot the Texas Tech vs Baylor game. In the past I was shooting with a EF 70-200mm f2.8L with a 1.4 extender and was able to track the play fairly well. With the much heavier 300mm, I added a mono pod and now find that tracking the play has become much more difficult. Part of this is due to getting use to the different lens I'm sure, but I think another part is because of the difficulty I experience trying to shoot left eyed.

My next shoot with be the Texas Tech at Texas game in Austin, in the mean time I am doing some close bonding with my new setup, trying to get better at tracking moving objects. And looking for suggestions on how other left eye dominant people shoot with both eyes open.

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Nov 18, 2013 18:11 |  #2

I shoot with my left eye all the time and pretty much most of the time with right eye closed (at least I think so!). Having one eye closed is never an issue in terms of my framing, or quality of images I get. There are times when I keep right eye open, but not sure why you feel you need to have both eyes open?

I suspect that the difficulty with the 300 is that it is a fixed frame and you have to be more precise with your framing and can't zoom in or out to adjust. Pkus the action fills your frame much quicker. THAT takes some getting used to.

And for tracking for me. I use center point or just above center point for my main focus point and then keep that on the subject,then worry about cropping for composition and format in post.


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Nov 18, 2013 20:33 |  #3

Hello,
I have switching it up a bit, right eye, left eye.. when shooting baseball I use my left eye dominant so that I can watch the pitcher and maybe the guy on 1st getting ready to steal 2nd. or if in portrait I will use my rigth eye to watch the plate action..
for football it could be about the same and I always try to keep both eyes open and to try to make sure I dont get run over by players on the field coming to side lines for a pass or run...
I think the only time I got run over at a football game was when I had one eye closed...


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