TE CHNIQUE AS­SESS­MENT Prepa­ra­tion is ev­ery­thing

Hamish needed a few point­ers be­fore tack­ling the hec­tic pace of bas­ket­ball…

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Back-but­ton fo­cus­ing

Mark says… By trans­fer­ring fo­cus con­trol to the AF-ON but­ton at the rear of the cam­era, fo­cus­ing and cap­tur­ing an im­age be­come two dif­fer­ent func­tions. This means you can con­cen­trate en­tirely on fo­cus­ing rather than split­ting your con­cen­tra­tion. On most high-end cam­eras there’s a ded­i­cated but­ton for this, but on en­try-level mod­els it’s usu­ally pos­si­ble to as­sign it to the AE-L but­ton in the cus­tom menu.

Use a high ISO

Mark says… To shoot in­door sports you’ll need a high shut­ter speed, and there­fore a high ISO. For most of the game we were shoot­ing at well above ISO1000 to cope with the fast shut­ter speeds we needed, so ide­ally you need a full-frame D-SLR to pro­duce a de­cent im­age. Mod­ern D-SLRs cope su­perbly well at th­ese ISO lev­els, avoid­ing the usual noise lev­els ex­pected.

Go man­ual

Mark says… The trick to sports shoot­ing is to have as lit­tle as pos­si­ble to do once play starts. If you use man­ual mode you can avoid hav­ing to tin­ker with con­trols dur­ing the game, lock­ing in the aper­ture and fo­cus zones prior to shoot­ing. Then you only need to con­cen­trate on changes to the shut­ter speed be­tween shots.

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