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Shoot IN RAW

Jack says... The first thing I got Gwen to check was that she was shoot­ing in Raw for­mat. Many sports pho­tog­ra­phers shoot JPEG be­cause it pro­vides a quicker work­flow for de­liv­er­ing images, but white wa­ter sports are dif­fi­cult to ex­pose well, so I wanted to en­sure that Gwen could play with white bal­ance, shad­ows and high­lights in post­pro­duc­tion later on the computer.

TAKE Full con­trol

Jack says... Shoot in Man­ual mode. It may seem like a good idea to shoot in Shut­ter Pri­or­ity mode to freeze the mo­tion, but ac­tu­ally hav­ing full own­er­ship over aper­ture, shut­ter speed and ISO is the best op­tion. As the light changes and your needs vary, it’s much quicker to adapt your shoot­ing with­out fear of the cam­era un­der- or over­ex­pos­ing.

KEEP ISO low

Jack says... I ad­vised Gwen to keep her ISO as low as pos­si­ble. There’s usu­ally lots of light when shoot­ing out­side so you don’t need dra­mat­i­cally high ISOs, and even when shoot­ing at night, cour­ses like this are lit by pow­er­ful floodlights. An ISO of 100-800 is a stan­dard range for shoot­ing, and you’re very un­likely to no­tice noise at 800, es­pe­cially on the D800 or D4 bod­ies Gwen has.

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