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Aug 17, 2008 00:53 |  #1

I went to a skateboard competetion a few months ago, and it was my first time shooting any kind of skating. Let me know what you think...

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Aug 17, 2008 07:47 |  #2

I think using a larger aperture setting would have help by giving you a shallower dept of feild to keep your focus on the skate boarders. I never have shot skate boarders but I'm sure shooting indoors like this makes it even that much more of a challenge. IMO you did pretty good for your first time.


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Aug 17, 2008 10:53 |  #3

They look a little fuzzy. But not that bad for first time. Never shot indoor Skate.




  
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Too tight and out of focus


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Aug 17, 2008 14:35 as a reply to  @ jbergdoll's post |  #5

I was at wide open aperture with these. I was having trouble focusing because they would get so close so fast, then drop back. Maybe next time I'll shoot manual focus. Bouncing the flash was also an issue. They would be real close to the flash head, and their faces would get blown out.


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The California Kid wrote in post #6125062 (external link)
I was at wide open aperture with these. I was having trouble focusing because they would get so close so fast, then drop back. Maybe next time I'll shoot manual focus. Bouncing the flash was also an issue. They would be real close to the flash head, and their faces would get blown out.

So use natty light then


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Aug 17, 2008 22:35 |  #7

i think you should tell the kid skating with the scarf to take off the scarf


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Aug 18, 2008 10:17 |  #8

Definitely go MF. I used to shoot at BMX comps and the AF just cant keep up, especially when you are as close to the skaters as you were. If you are staying in a stationary spot have someone stand about where they are hitting the lip and focus in on that spot. By the way, Im a total noob with digital shooting, so take this advice with a grain of salt. Good luck!


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Aug 22, 2008 20:29 |  #9

here are my .02 cents.
Not from a photographer point of view (only done this for a year) but skateboarding POV (did it for 15 years)... and yes, Ive read thousands of skate mags lol.
you didnt do bad for a first time, but if you're interested in shooting skateboarding or other "skatepark" sports, you need a wide angle lens... skate videos are shot with fish eye lenses... you get more area covered, specially when youre that close, and you make the obstacles look huge.
I would recommend something like a 10-20mm lens, that would have been perfect for the spot you had on the ramp. good job nontheless


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tony rage wrote in post #6159683 (external link)
here are my .02 cents.
Not from a photographer point of view (only done this for a year) but skateboarding POV (did it for 15 years)... and yes, Ive read thousands of skate mags lol.
you didnt do bad for a first time, but if you're interested in shooting skateboarding or other "skatepark" sports, you need a wide angle lens... skate videos are shot with fish eye lenses... you get more area covered, specially when youre that close, and you make the obstacles look huge.
I would recommend something like a 10-20mm lens, that would have been perfect for the spot you had on the ramp. good job nontheless

Too much fisheye results in ****ty technique and boring photos.


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Aug 23, 2008 10:58 |  #11

jbergdoll wrote in post #6161070 (external link)
Too much fisheye results in ****ty technique and boring photos.

I agree, but you can't deny that a wide angle lens is somewhat of a must for this sport. :D


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tony rage wrote in post #6162429 (external link)
I agree, but you can't deny that a wide angle lens is somewhat of a must for this sport. :D

Actually I can, there are tons of dudes who shoot without a fish. I'm a fisheye owner myself (dropped $600 for the Tokina) but I'd much rather shoot a dope long lens photo than a fisheye photo. I guess a fish would work well when shooting a comp from the deck of the ramp, but if you can, a well composed long lens shot is always nice.


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