jklinksi wrote in post #6685867
Brice, I'm very impressed with how sharp this shot is and how none of her is OOF. I did some studio shooting this week and the results were not as fantastic on the action end of things. I think in an effort to reduce noise and get 'crispy' shots, I managed to damage the link in my brain that helps find the correct exposure. Then of course, there was always bad luck. I missed all of her great takes and she missed all of mine.
It would be great if you had some tips on 'full body focus' because I keep getting blurry limbs and, even worse, faces!
Well, the first time ever one of my gym photos has been described as sharp and DOF was right. Looks like I didn't save with EXIF (apparently save for web in PSCS2 removes exif. Here's the key: flash.
I shoot these with a shutter speed of 1/160 at F/8. The flash freezes the action. The F/8 at about 15 feet with a focal length of approximately 24MM. Don't quote me on the focal length. I'm not connected to my hard drive with all my photos on them. This particular shot was shot against a green screen (poorly, you can see the green reflection on the bottom of her legs) and compostited onto a background that I changed to B/W and introduced a simulated DOF.
In my experience the best option is to use a flash. I set mine to manual and adjusted power until I had the proper exposure for F/8 1/200. (This particular shot employs 3 flash units. Main, fill, and hair light). But you can get acceptable results with a single flash, but the lighting will be flatter. No duh, eh? I'm great at explaining the obvious.
I've learned to get pretty good with my timing as I can snap one of these in 1-2 takes after I watch the gymnast practice the move once. They show me the move. I select the peak of the action and have them repeat it once I'm ready. I've been doing this long enough to know the reaction time of my slow brain sending the push signale to my index finger of my right hand so I know when to take the shot.
jklinksi wrote in post #6685867
So, I wondered if Studio Action Shots might be the next topic of exploration on our wonderful thread? I keep thinking that if I can get good shots in poorly lit gyms, it should be no sweat with with adequate/abundant studio lighting...right?!?
Hmmmm... a real stumper.
True to some respect, but you really need to get used to shooting with a flash if you want to capture the best action. Indirect flash works best, in my experience. There's little chance of distracting with the flash in these instances as the athlete is expecting it.
Happy to answer more questions elsewhere. If you want to see the entire gallery, posed and action, you can see it at:
Tampa Bay Turners Gallery
Here's a sample of an action shot taken with 1 bounced flash. Same parms as the green screen, except 1/200. 1 flash off the white wall behind me. Notice how flat the lighting is? I've got her too close the backdrop. The shots with the leg in the air on the gallery are also action shots. I just had them swing the leg up in the air and I snapped the shot.
I hope this helps in some way. I understand if we need to move this to a new thread. Might be interesting to share poses, group shots, etc for those of us trying to make a buck shooting portraits for gyms...