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Images to Share / Wrong Lens
« Last post by Douglas on January 28, 2018, 01:32:38 AM »
For fun I took a shot of a Buff-breasted Coronet with my Sony a6000 and 24 1,8 lens instead of my usual Canon with 400 5.6 bird set up. Of course I got very close and it's a good sized crop. Rendering is quite different from the 400 5.6.

Images to Share / Pink
« Last post by Douglas on January 25, 2018, 01:48:41 PM »
With a6000 and 24 1.8. Jessika again.

Taking Photos / Re: Indoor hockey arena photo advise.
« Last post by chappo1 on January 15, 2018, 11:17:07 PM »
Taking one point at a time-
I presume that you have the metering mode set to Multi which is where I would set it...but the scene would most likely equate to a snow scene or beach scene.
Therefore you need to set your exposure compensation at plus 1 or plus 2 stops.
(The camera is averaging the exposure to get its 18% grey).
That should take care of the need to lighten in LR and introduce noise.

At F1.7 you will have a narrow depth of field so where are you focussing and what is the focus area set to?  Personally I would set to Manual focus and choose a spot (area of the field) where you are going to shoot and wait until son is in that zone.

Now for the trouble shoot-
Is the unsharp due to the barrier or the technique?
At a break in play can you focus on the net area and shoot
Is it sharp?
Why not post a couple of your shots with the exif?  It is hard to visualise "not very sharp" without seeing an example....john

Taking Photos / Indoor hockey arena photo advise.
« Last post by Macca on January 15, 2018, 07:53:34 PM »
So I’m typically a landscape kind of guy, however with my son playing hockey now I’m trying to get some good action shots. For those that go to the local hockey arena, the lighting is not great, plus your shooting through safety glass.

I don’t have much lense options to chose from. On my A700, I’m finding my Minolta 50mm prime lense is best. I shoot at 1/350, the camera is setting aperture to about F1.7. I leave ISO auto.

The pics come out dark but can boost the lighting in Lightroom.

I just don’t find the images very sharp, any tips would be welcome.
Images to Share / Re: part of Scotland's North Coast 500
« Last post by AScot on January 14, 2018, 07:07:08 PM »
The third for me and I basically agree with John (chappo1). Remove about two inches of sky putting the water line at the bottom third point (rule of thirds) and it all falls into place.
Images to Share / Re: Trapped in floods while doing a bird shoot
« Last post by AScot on January 14, 2018, 06:58:59 PM »
What we do to get a photo! Nice shots though.
Taking Photos / Re: Focusing Question
« Last post by AScot on January 14, 2018, 06:54:54 PM »
As you appear to be fairly new to photography, try the old tried and true method, Focus and recompose.

Using the centre focusing spot, stand clear of the branches and focus on the area you want in focus by half pressing the exposure button. While continuing to hold the exposure button (to lock focus), move over to the composition you want, then press the exposure button down fully.

There are many variations of this method and many will claim there are better methods. There are but they are much more complex and it depends on what you are phtographing. This is how it was done since the year dot! Perfect this Focus and recompose method then learn the other more technical methods.
Taking Photos / Re: Focusing Question
« Last post by chappo1 on January 14, 2018, 01:23:11 AM »
Hi Leslie Welcome on board.  We hope you stick around.
I have copied in the section from the manual.  My suggestion is to set the focus area to flexible spot, then you can move the spot to the particular object you want the camera to focus on.
I am not sure what it is set to out of the box but probably  "wide"......john

 focusing area. Use this function when it is difficult to focus properly in the auto focus mode.
MENU →  (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Area] → desired setting.
Menu item details
 Wide :
Focuses on a subject covering the whole range of the screen automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway down in the still image shooting mode, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
 Center :
Focuses automatically on a subject in the center of the image. Use together with the focus-lock function to create the composition you want.
 Flexible Spot :
Allows you to move the focusing frame to a desired point on the screen and focus on an extremely small subject in a narrow area.
On the Flexible Spot shooting screen, you can change the size of the focusing frame by turning the control wheel.
 Expand Flexible Spot :
Taking Photos / Focusing Question
« Last post by Leslie on January 14, 2018, 12:25:50 AM »
I'm a hobbyist photographer. I recently purchased a Cyber-shot RX10Mark 4 camera.  Twice now I tried to shoot a picture of something in the distance.  Small branches were in the foreground, and the camera would only focus on those, thus I could never get the shot that I wanted.  How do I get the camera to disregard things partially obscuring what I actually want to shoot?
Images to Share / Re: Trapped in floods while doing a bird shoot
« Last post by BrianNZ on January 13, 2018, 11:10:21 PM »
thanks John,  about 20 mins from the Thames township, in an area called Miranda. The caravan did survive but not sure how much it was damaged, it did get buried in the shell and sand deposits up to its axels.
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