A&P Action Shot Question.

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  1. Devoidarex

    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    Is F4.5 fast enough to get crisp action shots on a bright sunny day, at ISO 200?

    By action, I mean capturing people/animals sharply while in movement.
     
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    mojito New Member

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    Yes

    But you don't see those conditions all the time
     
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    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Yes. Depending on the light you should be shooting about 125/sec. which is just fast enough to freeze the action if you observe the following tips.

    1. If the subject is coming towards you the apparant speed is decreased. the subject grows larger in the frame.

    2. If the subject is moving 90 degrees to you, pan your camera with the subject while shooting. This will keep the subject in the frame thus increasing your chances of getting a good compostion and at the same time, blurring the background.

    3. Use a monopod or tripod.
     
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    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    Thanks guys. :wavey:

    It's nice to get a straight answer on OT once in a while. :o
     
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    mattsb2000 OT Supporter

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    I shoot airplanes alot with a f/4 lens. I've had the shutter past 1/4000 @ iso 100 lol
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I usually shoot ~ f/10 for action panning shots. Some like shooting at larger apertures but for automotive stuff, I stick around f/10
     
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    on a bright sunny day, using iso200, your shutter speed should be 1/iso at f/16 (sunny 16 rule)

    this would be around 1/250 at f/16
    which would be around 1/2000 at f/5.6 which should be plenty fast
    (?)
     
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    mobbarley Active Member

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    wouldnt you aim for a time value rather than aperture when shooting a moving target? I know I would.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    For automotive racing shots, I'll shoot in shutter mode but I'll adjust my iso to get the aperture where I want it. So yeah, you'll have a shutter speed that you want to maintain but you'll also want to take into account the iso in order to keep an aperture that you want, otherwise you might have too much (or too little) in focus. I've seen people take pan shots at f/4 and all that is in focus is a front headlight. Sometimes shots like this work, other times it doesn't.
     
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    whoops! My bad. When I wrote 125/sec. I had my meter set to iso 20...not 200
     

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