Hi Gang: I get asked this question enough that I thought I’d do a quick blog post on it. Here goes:
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
F-stop: f/2.8 Note: I shoot wide open (using the lowest numbered f/stop) on whichever lens I’m using at the time, and I don’t change my f/stop the entire day.
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 of a second or faster Note: For late afternoon or night games, I turn on Auto ISO and I set my MINIMUM shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second, so no matter what, I’ll also have at least 1/1000 of a second to freeze the action.
ISO:Bright Sunny Day Games: 100 ISO. Cloudy Days: 200 ISO. Night games: Auto ISO (see Shutter Speed above).
White Balance:Auto for day and night games, but I adjust it if it looks funky at night or if I’m shooting in a dome. A lot depends on the lighting in the stadium.
Focus Mode:AI Servo (Continuous Focus Mode on Canon bodies)
Auto Focus (AF) Area Selection Mode: AF point expansion (up, down, left, and right)
Auto Focus Configuration Tool Preset:Case 4 (on Canon cameras), but sometimes I switch back to Case 1 if I feel like I’m having a bad focus day and I want to blame it on the equipment instead of the real problem.
Highlight Warning: On
Lenses: Main camera: Day game: 200-400mm f/4 Main camera: Night game: 400mm f/2.8 (to keep ISO lower) 2nd Body: 70-200mm f/2.8 and/or 24-70mm f/2.8
IS (Image Stabilization):Off Note: If you’re shooting at fast shutter speeds, this should be turned off.
Bodies: Main body: Canon EOS 1Dx 2nd Body: Canon EOS 1Dx Note: I don’t have the Canon 1Dx Mark II yet. Canon gave me a loaner for a weekend to review, but I haven’t bought one yet. I don’t have a 7D Mark II either – again, another weekend loaner.
Memory Cards:Lexar Professional 1066x Compact Flash Cards Note: I generally use a 64GB or 128GB, but both are overkill because I shoot in JPEG, so I only use about 12GB on my main camera, and 6 or 7GB on my 2nd body.
I hope you found that helpful. :)
If you’re into sports photography (or even just getting into it)… …we have a bunch of full-length online classes at KelbyOne, but I’d maybe start with these:
I teach a class on “Beginner Sports Photography” (link) Catch it if you’re brand new to sports.
I co-host a class featuring sports photography legend, Peter Read Miller, called “What Makes a Great Sports Photo”(it’s a really eye-opening class – he’s amazing!). Heres the link.
Another great class is from renowned sports photographer, Dave Black, and it’s on “Shooting High School Football.” Such a great class! (link)
OK, I’m off to Iceland today with my buddy Terry White – my first time ever and I’m really excited. :)
Have a great Monday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow when I’ve got a cool tip for what to do when you have a damaged JPEG image.
P.S.A big thanks to everybody who came out to my seminar in Indianapolis last Thursday. Such a great group of photographers (and thanks for the awesome turnout). Next step: Minneapolis on September 21, 2016. Tickets here.
The drought is over — Football is back, and tonight’s my first game of the season (well, it’s a pre-season game, but ya know — I definitely need a pre-season game to warm up and shake the dust off a long off-season).
I’m excited to once again be covering Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games for Zuma Sports, and that starts with tonight’s epic clash against the Cleveland Browns (stop snickering). I think it’s going to be a solid year for Tampa, so I’m psyched to see how the season plays out.
Here’s the load out I’m using for tonight’s game (No, I don’t have any 1DX Mark IIs – I’m still using the old 1Dxs). Buried in there is a Rapid Strap camera strap. I can probably take the Hoodman Loupe out, since it’s a night game, right? ;-)
OK, gotta run. Hope you guys have a great weekend — I’m heading to Iceland on Monday, so could be a sketchy blogging schedule next week. We’ll see. :)
Canon just announced perhaps one of the most anxiously awaited new cameras in years — the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. I got a chance to do a shoot with it (see the video below), and I have to say, it’s not only probably the best camera Canon’s ever made, it’s arguably one of the best cameras ever made, period. I just fell in love with it!
First, check out the video where I go over all the main specs (and I share a few shots from my first shoot with it).
That video covered all the really big features, but… there’s all sorts of other cool stuff in this camera, so head over to Canon’s site to read the press release about all the other stuff, like built-in light flicker correction and a new noise algorithm, and enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities, and all that type of stuff.
In the meantime, here’s some more picture of the body, which look astonishingly like the old 5D Mark III body!
Above:The back view which look very familiar.
Above:Side view with lens attached (seriously, where you would be without these helpful captions)?
Above:What could this be? Wait! Wait! I know! Is it — the top of the camera? Yes, you are correct (said the council on the glaringingly obvious. So why did I make these captions at all? Because it looks better!).
Canon also announced a couple of new lens (one that I am particularly interested in is the newly updated 16-35mm and they also announced a 24-105mm. Both expected in October I believe).
OK, that’s the big news today. I’m in Indianapolis with my seminar today. I expect to meet a bunch of very excited Canon shooters there today!
Fine Art Photography: Creating Large Format Prints with Steve Hansen Make your fine art prints stand out from the pack! Join Steve Hansen for an in-depth look at all of the steps involved in creating a large format fine art print. In this class you’ll learn what makes a print a fine art print, how Steve takes a photo from capture to post production to print, the importance of a test print, and how to decide what type of paper, ink, and printer is best for your type of photographs. Throughout the class Steve shares tips, tricks, and techniques for working in Lightroom, Photoshop, and with all of the materials used in creating the final print. Creating a fine art print is all about bringing your vision to life in a print, and by exploring a variety of finishing options that fit your style you can add value to your work and make it stand out from all of the rest.
It’s our “Throwback Thursday” Class In case you missed it first time around – It’s all about the edit! You’ve just had an awesome photo session and now you need to narrow it down to just the best ones. How do you do it? Join Peter Hurley as he walks you through a series of live headshot sessions and then talks through his editing process with the subjects at the end. Peter is joined throughout the class by Scott Kelby, and together they edit through multiple different shoots that Scott has brought in. Editing is all about narrowing shots down to just the ones that will go into your portfolio to help you get more work. Learn how to develop this muscle and find your own shabangs!
Exploring the City with Hasselblad X1D Hello everyone, My name is Ali Rajabi, I am Hasselblad Master and Photoshop Expert based in New York. Let me start my blog with the name of God, and a very special thanks to Scott who let me to write again as his guest blogger. Oh, It was 6 years ago that I wrote my first blog here and you know, Time flies !!!
Every person who is close to me, they know that I am a photographer who believes in a combination of tools and ideas. When you know more about the tools, it can help you to expand your projects and will reveal the creativity that is inside you. As you might know, the Hasselblad company introduced the first mirrorless medium format camera X1D (itis not yet fully developed) in the world some weeks ago. So, they asked me to take some shots with it and I was delighted to have this opportunity to work with this brand new camera that only a few people in the world have had a chance to test.
It was a 3-day project and I decided to take some photographs in the streets of New York based on the theme,”Freedom.” Although I had a very short period of time to work with the X1D, I did my best to explore the features of it. Honestly, I don’t want to have a deep dive into technical sides and compare it with other brands because you can find very useful articles about the technical features on the internet. But I am going to share my photos, impressions and experiences as a photographer. Although we know, none of us can run from the technical side, ever.
So lets start with some Q&A, and after that I invite you to see some behind the scenes pictures:
1) The company said X1D is a Game Changer, Is it ? If I want to answer this question, we need to know more about the definition of the word “Game Changer.” To me, a game changer is a person or thing that will help and save you in a moment that nothing else can. They do magic in an appropriate time. So, I think Hasselblad X1D is a game changer between the cameras that produce high quality images. Moreover it is handy, light weight, and with its mirrorless feature it captures the exact moment of your scene. It keeps you in the dark in the situations that you don’t want to have the attention of your subjects, especially in the streets when you are taking picture of people. Imagine that you have a 50 megapixel sensor that is a mirrorless medium format and will produce a photo with 14 stops of dynamic range. It rocks.
2) Is it a camera for professionals or everyone? If I want to be honest, even if you have a budget to buy it, it is not a camera for everybody, although I believe Hasselblad expanded their audience from the moment that they announced the X1D and it was some of the most positive feedback that I felt. I think it is a camera for a person who knows and wants to do a specific project. I can imagine this camera in the hands of fine art, landscape, fashion, portrait, street and wedding photographers. What I am saying is you should be a person who is completely aware of your skills and abilities as a photographer or as an artist. It is not the kind of camera that you pick up and it shoots as much as you can. Like tegh tegh tegh tegh….
3) Is it worth to pay $9000 to buy this camera? This is a question that everybody asks. I know there are lots of different aspects to answer this question, but I want to keep it simple and answer it very short even if you have your own reasons to reject mine. When you want to go to the next level of your career, you need to pay for it and invest in it. It can be an investment on education, tools, or moving to a different location for the next chapter of your life. I believe the most important question is, is it the right moment for you to move to the NEXT LEVEL ? This is the question that you need to answer for yourself based on the situation that you are. When you find out, I am pretty sure you will decide what is best for you.
4) Can you share some of your experiences about the specs of the X1D? As a photographer I want to have a camera that fits in my hand perfectly, and the X1D is a well designed camera for this part of my taste. It is very handy and portable. The sensor that is located in the viewfinder is very useful for switching between the LCD panel and viewfinder itself. The camera startup is kind of slow right now but the people at Hasselblad told me, they will upgrade the firmware for this issue. The touch functionality on display is very fast, user friendly and the quality of LCD is perfect compared to previous Hasselblad products except the H6D. You only have one focus point and it works based on the contrast detection. There is no True Focus system on it.
The XCD lenses with integral lens shutter are 30mm, 45mm and 90mm with the speed of 60 minutes to 1/2000, but you will be able to use an adapter for using the H-system lenses. I can not talk about the battery life because it was a prototype camera. I really liked the way of changing white balance and ISO on the viewfinder. One of my main concerns was using the high ISO in low light situations, and when I compare it one on one with my Canon 5D Mark III it surprised me with the result. As you can see in the photo below in their 1:1 compare, the color and the quality on X1D is much better than Canon 5D Mark III. You can see the details in the shadows and the texts on the labels are clear. It should be.
Anyway, these are just the result of my 3 days experiences with the prototype X1D. I am pretty sure Hasselblad will resolve every issue in the final release at the end of August or early September. You can find more details about it on the Hasselblad website. The only thing that I can emphasize is, continuity is the key of every success. You need to work hard to achieve the goals that you want in the world of photography and art. Tools are always necessary and you can not ignore this fact. But what is more important than the tools is the person who is using them. Be creative, be a hard worker and always update your knowledge in every aspect of your life.
The photos below are some behind the scenes from when I was shooting on the streets. Special thanks to Maryam Moradi who captured them.
This is just insane! So exciting, and just crazy! In just one week, over 1,009 cities already have photo walks approved as part of my 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk,sponsored by Canon.WOW!!!
We have NEVER had this many walks, this quickly, and I’m just absolutely delighted (and very thankful to our Leader coordinator this year, Jeanne Jilleba, who has been working her butt off getting all of these walks approved so quickly).
If you checked last week, and there wasn’t a walk in your city yet… …I’d go back and check again. Chances are, there is one now! (link)
Above:This is the group shot from Paris a couple of years ago, led by our friend Serge Ramelli (that’s him bottom right corner giving a thumbs up – I’m behind him standing to the right in the black Adobe hoodie. Photo by Kalebra).
We’re still accepting new cities If there’s not a photo walk in your area, it’s not too late to volunteer to be a Walk Leader. Head to the official “Worldwide Photo Walk” site, and click on the Lead a Walk button to apply.
Thanks to everybody who has signed up for a walk, and to everyone who has volunteered to lead one, and to Canon for making this all happen (and for providing lots of amazing prizes for the contest portion of the walk). This is just awesome!