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Ini­tially I strug­gled with the long lenses, and I shot ev­ery­thing that moved, which meant I had thou­sands of shots to trawl through, but with Lou’s ex­pert guid­ance, I started to get my eye in, and soon be­came a bit more dis­cern­ing. Lou’s ad­vice on fo­cus­ing modes, and where to fo­cus, made a big dif­fer­ence to my hit rate, but for me the big­gest les­son was the im­por­tance of ISO, and us­ing it to en­able smaller aper­tures when more depth of field is called for. In the past I’d have just set my lens’s widest aper­ture to blur out the back­ground as much as pos­si­ble, but when you’re shoot­ing at close range with a 600mm lens, you have to be much more dis­crim­i­nat­ing if you want your sub­ject to be sharp from front to back.

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