Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Timing - knowing your gear

One item I learned about photography is the critical nature of knowing my gear.  This is especially true when events are moving fast and I do not have time to think about the knobs and wheels on the camera.  It is similar to the reaction time of an experienced automobile driver.  When an emergency happens, the skilled driver is able to react without thinking.  This is the same if you want to capture events that are unfolding fast.  Time does not stop for the photographer to pull out their manual and read the steps needed for f stop adjustment or shutter speed changes.
Prior to me taking this shot the lights were out and the action started.  This was taken with the trusty 50 mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, shutter speed 1/80 second, ISO 1250

Remember: if you do not try, then you cannot achieve success.

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