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SPORTS ACTION EXAMPLES

SPORTS CHAPTER READING

SHOOTING SPORTS ASSIGNMENT

THE ASSIGNMENT: Produce two action pictures from an organized sporting event at which players are wearing uniforms —such as, organized club sports, high school, or college. (Not a pick-up game on the local basketball court.) Note: Pick an event within the range of your longest lens. The pictures for this assignment must be taken for this assignment, not something you’ve shot before, such as the homecoming game. 

FINAL PRODUCT: Submit two "sports action" photos in the correct advanced period # "SPORTS ACTION" folder in the class server (206 teacher server). As with prior assignments, you will put one image on each of two colored Photoshop backgrounds, with a border around each photo, as well as your first and last name, period number and "sports action" on each slide. If you cannot remember how to submit your images, please go to "how to submit a digital photography assignment" (it is #25 on our Photoshop skills page).

Save each of your images in the 206 Teacher classroom photo server as:
p#yourlastname_sports1
p#yourlastname_sports2

WHAT TO DO FOR THIS "SPORTS" ASSIGNMENT:
Use your camera at a very fast shutter speed to "freeze" all subject movement. Don't forget, if you are in a dark gym, you need to set your ISO to a high number, like 3200, so that you can use a fast shutter speed to freeze all action.

WHAT TO SHOOT? THIS MUST BE ORGANIZED SPORTS!
(WITH UNIFORMS, COACHES, REF'S...)
IF YOU CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT OR WHEN TO SHOOT, CHECK OUT THE SCHOOL'S ATHLETIC SCHEDULE ONLINE.

TIPS: • Try to get as close to the subject(s) as possible! Your subject(s) should fill the entire frame of the image. You need to be prepared and anticipate! • Press the shutter just BEFORE you think the moment is going to happen. • If you see the momentary you have missed it!

You can shoot this assignment using your choice of any of the TWO camera settings described below.

OPTION #1 •SHOOT "SPORTS ACTION" USING MANUAL EXPOSURE:
If shooting on manual exposure, set your camera to the desired shutter speed, then adjust the aperture/f-stop to the correct setting so the light meter readout (in red below) lines up in the middle of the exposure indicator. The shutter speed(s) you need to freeze movement are listed below, but they are just a starting point, you will need to experiment. To freeze movement, the faster the shutter speed the better! Pre-focus the camera where you think the subject will be -or constantly adjust focus as they move.

THESE ARE SHUTTER SPEEDS NEEDED TO FREEZE ALL MOVEMENT OF YOUR SUBJECT
1/250th Walking, some kinds of slower dancing
1/250-1/500th Fast walking, running, volleyball or basketball, kids playing, skateboarding
1/500-1/1000th Fast sports: running, football, baseball (pitching, hitting, running bases)


Set the shutter speed and f-stop so the light meter lines up in the center of the readout.
(the example is circled in red in the viewfinder below)





OPTION #2: SHOOT "STOP ACTION" USING THE TV (TIME VALUE) MODE
On the Canon cameras, TV mode allows you to pick the shutter speed, while the camera automatically picks the aperture setting for you. (This is the same as the "S" setting on Nikon cameras)

What to do: Turn the Mode dial to TV, then dial the selector dial to pick a shutter speed needed to freeze the action (see the list of shutter speeds above). Make sure that there is enough light for that shutter speed, otherwise the f/stop will blink in the exposure readout/viewfinder.