Back­hand ad­vice

Shoot pro­fes­sional-look­ing images in a few sim­ple steps

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

01 Put it in Man­ual

Use man­ual (M) mode so you have to­tal con­trol. Start with a shut­ter speed of 1/60 sec and in­crease it if there’s too much mo­tion blur in the im­age. Set the ISO to 100 and un­der­ex­pose by one stop by con­trol­ling the aper­ture. Ours read f/16 in our am­bi­ent light con­di­tions.

02 Flash for­ward

Fix your flash onto a stand, and place as close to the ten­nis player as pos­si­ble with­out be­ing in their path. Point the flash head at the player so it lights them from the side. Keep your cam­era in view­ing dis­tance of the flash’s sen­sor.

03 Sync it in time

We’re go­ing to use our pop-up flash to fire our ex­ter­nal Speed­light – if you set the Speed­light to SU4 mode, it will be trig­gered by your cam­era’s flash, and you don’t need one with Com­man­der mode. Set your flash to the rear cur­tain sync set­ting, so it will fire at the end of the ex­po­sure.

04 Get down low

Think about com­po­si­tion. It helps to get down low, and shoot from a dy­namic an­gle. Look for dis­tract­ing el­e­ments such as posts com­ing out of your player’s head. Take a cush­ion or mat as the hard sur­face can be wear­ing on your el­bows.

05 Pre-fo­cus As we’re shoot­ing from a wide an­gle and with a nar­row aper­ture we’ll have a lot of lee­way with our fo­cus­ing range. Move the fo­cus point so it sits over your player’s face, and fo­cus. Now as they move, track to keep the fo­cus point on their face.

06 Time it right

Now get your player to serve and vol­ley lots of balls. Try to take the shot just as your player is hit­ting the ball. Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your model is es­sen­tial for this shoot, and you’ll need to fire off a few frames to cap­ture a keeper.

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