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Sep 4, 2011 23:30:07   #
mljphoto Loc: Bigfork, MN
 
What is some things I could do differently for this picture?

Taken with Canon Eos Rebel T1i on action setting
Taken with Canon Eos Rebel T1i on action setting...

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Sep 4, 2011 23:38:28   #
Travis Loc: Wetumpka, Alabama
 
I try to use my camera only in the manual mode. This is a good shot. I get some crappy shots in manual, but it has forced me to learn the camera. I also use almost only the old manual focus lens.

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Sep 4, 2011 23:40:30   #
mljphoto Loc: Bigfork, MN
 
That's a great idea!! I am learning more and more about my camera each day and I just love it. I will definitely try using the manual more to get more acquainted with my camera!

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Sep 4, 2011 23:47:35   #
Travis Loc: Wetumpka, Alabama
 
mljphoto wrote:
That's a great idea!! I am learning more and more about my camera each day and I just love it. I will definitely try using the manual more to get more acquainted with my camera!


I'm not sure on the Canon because I use Olympus, but I invested in some adapters and bought some manual focus lens off Ebay, and I have had the time of my life using them. All of my shots on here have been with manual focus lens on manual setting with the camera.

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Sep 4, 2011 23:48:16   #
Jwilliams0469 Loc: Topeka, Ks.
 
Great shot for an auto setting from the T1i! I love the country life! I think I would have cropped tightly against the left side of the barrel. But just for the life style I love it! Happy shooting and keep them coming! Thanks for sharing!

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Sep 5, 2011 06:32:30   #
condor
 
I find in manual mode by the time I get the settings right the shot is gone. Any tips?

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Sep 5, 2011 08:01:15   #
jdtx Loc: SA, Tx.
 
practice practice practice, learn what settings do what and how much light there is and you can get pretty close pretty fast..sometimes ya' just gotta use the green button though..and sometimes it does a really good job

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Sep 5, 2011 09:29:19   #
dirty dave
 
great shot and you can play around and use the manual setting but don't miss a good shot by playing around with it the only sugesstion I have about the picture is the blue canopy is a little distracting from the picture but that is a easy fix in post production with any editing program or just crop it out. but anyway great shot

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Sep 5, 2011 11:06:09   #
Art4940 Loc: Central New Jersey
 
Action setting gives you the fastest shutter speed that the light allows.At times it is the best choice! Try shutter priority to stop action and let the camera choose lens opening for depth of field. Trust the auto focus, you should
have some form of tracking in the auto focus setting.

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Sep 5, 2011 11:11:14   #
Jwilliams0469 Loc: Topeka, Ks.
 
Art4940 wrote:
Action setting gives you the fastest shutter speed that the light allows.At times it is the best choice! Try shutter priority to stop action and let the camera choose lens opening for depth of field. Trust the auto focus, you should
have some form of tracking in the auto focus setting.


Auto focus or AF normally isn't as crisp as if when you focus manually. I don't recommend AF always MF. my opinion only.

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Sep 5, 2011 11:40:42   #
Art4940 Loc: Central New Jersey
 
Manual focus works great for macro and portrait. You have time with flowers and even children. The pros are all shooting auto focus at sporting events. 400 &600 mm lenses on a mono-pod All the old Nikon manual lenses had colored lines for depth of field at the aperature number. You knew at F8 or F11 or F16 how far your
depth of field would keep you in focus. We called it zone focusing. Unless you have young eyes and have time, trust your auto focus modes

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Sep 5, 2011 11:52:10   #
Jwilliams0469 Loc: Topeka, Ks.
 
Art4940 wrote:
Manual focus works great for macro and portrait. You have time with flowers and even children. The pros are all shooting auto focus at sporting events. 400 &600 mm lenses on a mono-pod All the old Nikon manual lenses had colored lines for depth of field at the aperature number. You knew at F8 or F11 or F16 how far your
depth of field would keep you in focus. We called it zone focusing. Unless you have young eyes and have time, trust your auto focus modes


You know what's funny? I was just reading an article about everything you just said about pro's using AF for sporting events. They had said nothing about the rest but, I was wrong in this post and I apologize AF is better for sporting events! Sorry for putting out invalid information...

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Sep 5, 2011 12:02:42   #
photo1017 Loc: East NJ
 
I primarily use Av - aperture priority so I can control the depth of field. Secondarily I use M - Manual.
Sometimes the speed of the action/subject cause me to flip into the Auto modes of my 30D or 40D. They are fairly trustworthy, though not for al shots. When I reset the camera after a shot/shoot it goes into ISO200, f8.0 and 1/125s, Ev minus .75, flash minus 1.0. Raw and max jpg. That is 'zero setting' or normal base point for me.
Practice & learn to anticipate - one can not shoot for this moment right now. But you can shoot the next 1/125th of a second, and the next.
Be proud of the shot you captured, no one knows about the 999 that didn't quite make it, except other photographers ; )
Like everyone else responding, I have my personal preferences. The only Right settings are those that are right for you. Practice, experiment, study, research, practice, practice.

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Sep 5, 2011 12:09:01   #
photo1017 Loc: East NJ
 
Better for that shot? IMHO - lower point of view - horse eye level. Crop left of pic, as noted above. Focus point on riders face, slightly slower shut speed for a more action shot, showing a lil more movement.
But after action report aka hindsight is too easy.
It's a great shot, crop a copy, crop several copies. Remember - the shot you have is valuable, not the shots you coulda, shoulda, woulda.
As for the critics - well, we didn't catch any that day... ; )

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Sep 5, 2011 13:12:47   #
Accent Images
 
Hi, I need to know your camera settings in order to help you improve.

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