Podcast: EP2 – Demystifying autofocus

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Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu dealt with the new French national team kit whilst Syd was busy with his Formula 1 crash.

We introduce… Kenny Ramsay
Ryu and Syd interview Kenny Ramsay, a sports photographer from Scotland.
Kenny’s website: http://www.kennyramsay.com/

Here are screenshots and links to some reference documents relating to the settings we discussed in the Podcast.
Canon AF settings
Nikon AF settings

You Win
Our monthly competition for our readers and listeners and last month’s theme was “ball”.
The winner is Vanessa Lim from Singapore and her image of water polo can be seen on the rotating image at the top of our website. Her flickr photostream is here.
2nd place goes to Asdrubal Diaz from Venezuela with the basketball shot and 3rd place goes to Alvaro Campo Garcia from parts unknown with the football shot.
For the April competition it’s motion blur.  Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Far Post, Near Post
Our readers’ questions of the month. This month, we tackle white balance setting in indoor sports and off camera flash at a sporting venue.

GAS of the month
– ZTS Mini Multi-Battery Tester (AdoramaB&H,info)
– MAHA / POWEREX MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer
– Ricoh GXR with Ricoh LENS A12 28mm F2.5 (AdoramaB&H,info)
– Ricoh VF-2 External Viewfinder (AdoramaB&H)

Jingles by Spencer Griffiths
Icon by Arvin Bautista

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7 thoughts on “Podcast: EP2 – Demystifying autofocus

  1. You mentioned on the podcast about how difficult it is to shoot in basketball stadiums and achieve the proper white balance Too right! The sodium lights in the gyms for my volleyball games have that same problem! I know my colours need improvement!

  2. It really is difficult. Syd and I talked about this after the show, but we couldn’t come up with a definitive way to get a balanced WB during a sporting event, especially indoors.

  3. Thanks a lot for the explanations about the AF, I’m working on it. I’m having some interesting results ! I’m training with your several advices and I’m loving it :D

  4. Yogi, we’re happy to make you a better sports photographer. :)
    Syd will probably chime in on this as he knows a lot more, but the more combination you try, the better you will be at knowing which combination will work for you.

    Let us know of your progress. :)

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