Bicycle Racing and Manual Focus

Started Nov 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
Mihai Muntean
Mihai Muntean Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: Bicycle Racing and Manual Focus

Hi guys,

This type of photography, as you very well noticed, poses a lot of challanges. Here are a couple of tricks:

Set camera focus to manual

pre focus on the ground(approximate a spot on the trail) before the people pass through that spot

set your shutter speed to at least 1/1000 and an appropriate ISO

Use a telephoto lens

Zoom in and capture the picture just before you start seeing them in your viewfiender. You actually have to use the peripherial vision of your other eye.

You'll get more dramatic shots of certain parts of the bike , their expressions.

If you want to capture the whole athlete then use the same focusing thechnique but use a rear sync flash with a lesser shutter speed maybe 1/320 to get some motion blurr.

So in this type of photography you actually have to work upside down, meaning you pick a pleasant backdrop/background(ideally some spectators bunched together, or some nice trees) , pre focus on the ground( make sure your F stop allows for just enough depth of field,don't go more than F5.6 for artistic purposes) and then be prepared and anticipate with your other eye... remember once you see them in your viewfinder it's too late!



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