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.