Hardest Thing I've Ever Photographed; and I'm doing it again in 4 days. Help?

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  1. Kat28

    Kat28 TPF Noob!

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    It's been my dream to be a photographer for the PBR (Professional Bull Rider's Association). I recently met the right people who invited me behind the scenes to a smaller venue with my camera to build my portfolio. These same people are stock contractors for the PBR and have invited me to the show in September AND take promo shots of their famous Bulls. This could make or break me.

    After the photographing the smaller show two weeks ago, I've realized rodeo photographers don't get the credit they deserve. It's HARD. Especially outdoors at night. Most of my photographs have quite a bit of blurring. It's impossible to predict which way the bulls will move next. Fast shutter speed is imperative, but I wasn't manipulating my setting around that well. On top of this, I unfortunately do not have an external flash. My flash was bouncing off all the dirt in the air and some of my photos look like nothing more than a while cloud.

    I should have done more research, I know. That's what brings me here. I'm going again on Saturday and I'm open to any and ALL suggestions. I can't give up. This is my passion.

    I shoot with a Nikon D60
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    My suggestion: buy or rent a professional-level Nikon and see how much the D60 handicaps a person who is trying to shoot low-light, nighttime rodeo. No offense to the D60, but man...compared to a D3 or D700, it sucks. It has a weak AF Module, and a small, crappy viewfinder. You do not need flash--you need a camera that has top-level High ISO capabilities.
     
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    myfotoguy TPF Noob!

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    I do agree with Derrel, and would add that fast lenses may be in order as well.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    While I agree that a D60 is less than ideal, I find that an APS-C is ideal for this sort of work. I've done a fair amount of "horsey" stuff and almost exclusively rely on my D300 with the 70-200.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What lenses are you using that could be your biggest problem
     
  6. Steve01

    Steve01 TPF Noob!

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    I have to agree about renting the right equipment if this shoot is that important to you.

    Get it ASAP and get familiar with it.

    Best of luck on the shoot
    Steve
     
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    Yeah I agree with Derrel, your camera is going to seriously limit you in this type of environment. You have lots of motion, poor light, and the need to be able to nail focus.
    You need a beter camera and good glass.
     
  8. Kat28

    Kat28 TPF Noob!

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    Thank you SO much. It's an unfortunate solution, but a realistic one. I better start making more money for upgrades. I guess this isn't my break :meh:
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What about at least renting a fast (=wide max aperture) lens?
     
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    jake337 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    or possibly find a generous person to let you borrow theirs in your area?
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I didnt think it would be that hard. Every rodeo I have been to, the area is always well lit.
     
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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Events should be well lit--so as long as you have f2.8 glass, you should be okay with the d60.

    300mm f2.8 would be ideal for this gig.
     

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