A&P Handshakes are hard to shoot.

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  1. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    There's nothing in the middle to focus on except two hands which are moving up and down. Yes, you can use all focus points but good luck getting the camera to lock onto the two subjects before the handshake is over.

    Just a small observation from covering a closing ceremony today. (Actually, I've known that handshakes are annoying, but I felt like bitching about it tonight because I need a break from going through ~ 3,500 pictures).

    EDIT: And for me, focus and recompose isn't always the best option (Although it's what I usually end up doing) because I like to shoot at the largest aperture appropriate.
     
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    or you can focus on the shoulder or upper arm and not act retarded, pitching your camera up and down trying to focus on hands
     
  3. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    Cool, and I'll just cut the other guy out of the picture and get their heads out of focus.
     
  4. tenplanescrashing

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    you have to find an object that will roughly be on the same focal plane for these types of shots.
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    I dont see any pics... :hs:
     
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    Or figure your distance and focus accordingly! GENIUS!
     
  7. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    so just increase the dof a bit, tard
     
  8. CornUponCob

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    Handshakes last 2 to 3 seconds in a ceremony typically. Good luck with manual focusing.
     
  9. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    I can has background distractions?
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Seriously?...
     
  11. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    HOLY SHIT I MUST NOT HAVE REALISED I WAS TALKING WITH THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE PLANET. YOU MUST HAVE THE MOST ACCURATE EYE AND THE LIGHTEST TOUCH ON THE FOCUS RING ON THE PLANET.

    Yes, manually focusing on something that lasts 2~3 seconds is hard. Don't care how good you are.

    Cliffs: Handshakes are still hard to get.
     
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    or like stand back and get more than just hands, maybe some faces and some of the background too :ugh:
     
  13. charel

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    i jst use the green box thingy and my kit lense, seems good enough.

    :hsugh:
     
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    this is why you NEED a 1ds-MKIII :hsugh:
     
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    @ TS. Sounds like people have come up with some decent solutions, but you just shoot em down. Seems to me that increasing DOF and put up with a small increase in background distraction is your easiest option cause, as you say, handshakes last only 3 seconds.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    i want to try to shoot a handshake now.
     
  17. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    "Grip and grinners" is what we used to call these shots when I was a newsie.

    If you know you only have 2-3 seconds to get the shot and you know you want a close up and you know where the people are going to be and where you're going to be, pre-focus your lens. It's not that difficult. You guys rely way too much on letting your camera focus for you.
     
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    Thats exactly what I said but OMFG I CANT DO THAT BECAUSE I SUCK!
    seriously, just use that little scale on top of your lens for how far away they are, use a higher aperture to help you, and then get the shot. How do you think people did 2-3 second handshakes before AF?

     
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    No it isn't. I used bold in my reply.
     
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    gubment cheese New Member

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    :bowdown::rofl:
     
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    Ive been outdone :hs:
     
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    You can not win to Jcoleman :o

    I've never battled him with anything and I learned this fast :o


    :rofl:
     
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    old age and treachery will win against youth and vigor. ;)
     
  25. CornUponCob

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    Grip and Grinners, I like that.

    What's the term for men clasping their hands in front of their crotch while standing? I know there's a word for it.
     

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