still trying to perfect the running pics

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johnny28129 New Member • Posts: 17
still trying to perfect the running pics

Im losing focus on my subject can anybody help. I have it on flexible spot focus. any advice would be great. I am at the age where I need reading glasses, maybe I need to wear them while taking pics too. I am showing two of the pics. One in focus and one not. Thanks in advance again for the help.

A-Marc
A-Marc Regular Member • Posts: 141
Re: still trying to perfect the running pics

afc or afs ?

Ron Poelman
Ron Poelman Veteran Member • Posts: 7,602
Bloke, your cam is awash in tech
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specifically to handle these choices.
Buy the book , read up and get your money's worth out of the cam.
In the meantime, give the cam a chance, it's a lot smarter than you think.
Get closer, physically, (and zoom), get a lot more of your subject in the frame.
Forget Spot, try Center or Zone and fiddle the size of the area.
If you must use spot, use the large one.
Maybe fire a burst as well.

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Re: still trying to perfect the running pics

Looks like the focus in the first photo is on the spectators (Penn State / Wingate or ? Dad, next to the Catawba woman). Did you try Lock-on AF?

BTW, there are a number of threads on A77ii autofocus in A-mount forum which you may want to check out, like this:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54625361

Also, a number of videos online...

TGM1234 Contributing Member • Posts: 507
Re: still trying to perfect the running pics
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I took these this weekend: https://www.tommarronphotography.com/Sports/Zionsville-Sports/Cross-Country/

A few points:

1) As others have said you focus is off one first one. Use APC.

2) My setting were 1/1000, ISO auto, as low an f-stop as you can get, center expansion AF.

3) If possible (not sure of your lens) make sure you zoom in tighter.

4) When shooting cross country you should need make sure you do two things - a) declutter the background which can often be done by shooing down the path they are running thereby eliminating the distracting people; b) since you cant change they light you need to work into it and have it at your back. Here you are shooting the shadow side. Ideally shoot into a darker, uncluttered background.

5) With a runner like this you should be able to pick him out of the background with your AF (e.g. no competing runners) with no issue so I would suggest using as wide as possible of a center focus point if you are having a hard time tracking. This should be an easy one regardless of camera so it is likely human error and can be fixed with technique (not trying to be mean here just trying to help narrow down the issue to help you - please don’t take offense).

I wear reading glasses these days as well : )

Best,

Tom

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nebulla Senior Member • Posts: 1,474
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Very nice pictures, TMG . The colors are so vibrant. Thanks for showing.

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TGM1234 Contributing Member • Posts: 507
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nebulla wrote:

Very nice pictures, TMG . The colors are so vibrant. Thanks for showing.

Thank you! As you know they sun and resulting shadows get all of the credit.

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