Take it your­self

Getaway (South Africa) - - PHOTOGRAPHY -

Be pre­pared, be­cause shoot­ing wa­ter­sport is all about cap­tur­ing the op­ti­mum mo­ment.

EQUIP­MENT

DLSR Use a fast (f/2.8 if pos­si­ble) tele­photo lens such as a 70-200mm, and add a 2X con­verter to get a bit more zoom. Or use a longer lens like a 100-400mm, or up to 600mm. You’ll need a mono­pod or tri­pod with these heavy lenses for ex­tra sta­bil­ity and to save your arms. COM­PACT Use one of the new su­per­zoom cam­eras on the sports set­ting, com­bined with a light­weight tri­pod.

SET­TINGS

Shoot­ing with a fast shut­ter speed is a must, both to avoid cam­era shake from your tele­photo lens and to freeze the ac­tion. Start from any­thing above 1/500 sec but up­ward of around 1/1200 sec for faster ac­tion. Aper­ture can be wide open to al­low as much light in as pos­si­ble for close-up shots, but if you are pulling back you will need a higher aper­ture (around f/8) to get more of the scene in fo­cus. Try and keep your ISO as low as pos­si­ble for best re­sults, but if you find the ex­po­sure is still a bit dark, bring up the ISO. If there is still move­ment in the wa­ter or your sub­ject, in­crease the shut­ter speed and push the ISO up to com­pen­sate for the loss of light. Set your auto fo­cus to AI Servo – the cam­era will con­stantly re­fo­cus as you move with your sub­ject (turn the page for more info about auto fo­cus). Com­bine it with a high-speed con­tin­u­ous (multi-shut­ter/mo­tor-drive) set­ting, which will give you the best pos­si­ble chance of cap­tur­ing the shot.

PRAC­TI­CAL

Plan your trip to the beach by check­ing lo­cal weather re­ports for swell pre­dic­tions, and cal­en­dars for events like kitesurf­ing com­pe­ti­tions or sail­ing re­gat­tas.

Shoot surf shots dur­ing a large swell in the early morn­ing or late af­ter­noon.

Back­lit waves are stun­ning to pho­to­graph with a strong fo­cal point like a surfer or body­boarder. Cap­ture dy­namic shots when your sub­ject is do­ing some­thing like an aerial ma­noeu­vre or a jump. An­tic­i­pate the ac­tion and press the shut­ter a split sec­ond be­fore the move ini­ti­ates and hold it down un­til it is fully com­plete. Your mo­tor drive will do the rest.

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