Horse Race Track

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  1. dslrchat

    dslrchat TPF Noob!

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    I may have a chance to get to a race track this weekend.
    Though I have a really crappy tripod and will have a hard time panning, what should my starting shutter speed be?
     
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    1/250th and up for static shots. 1/100th, 1/60th, or even 1/30th for panning.
     
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    ^^ agree with Alfred.

    Unless you have a decent panning head on your tripod, I would try hand holding.

    I know you didn't ask, but also bring plenty of extra memory and an extra battery. Micorfiber cloth to wipe your lenses (assuming dusty conditions) and a blower if you have one. CPL filter.
     
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    I do have a cpl,
    I also have very shaky hands lol, 1/250 still fast enough?
     
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    As Alfred mention... 1/250 and up. Depends on how much you want it to freeze the action.

    Also keep in mind that a larger aperture (smaller number) will help to isolate the subject from the background.


    Off Topic:
    Hey, didn't you have questions on a fireworks display in your area recently? How did they turn out?
     
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    I definitely get shaky too... as others have said, it does depend a lot on what you're trying to accomplish
     
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    Not good ---> Disapponting Fireworks
     
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    Lens focal length?
     
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    I have an 18-55 (came with XTI) and a sigma 70 -300

    I am thinking the 70-300 would be best?

    I am looking to get something like a "photo finish" shot, where the horses are frozen and a few where the horse is frozen and background blurry.
    (if any of that makes sense?)
     
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    Perhaps your tripod can double as a monopod... extend just one leg. A whole lot better than completely handholding the camera.
     
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    TY for the tip, never thought of that.
     
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    You can also get a feel for the steadiness of your stance.

    Take your telephoto and practice shooting outside at a distant object with your telephoto at 300mm. Using shutter priority, start at 1/250 of a second (close to inverse of the focal length) and take a photo. Now take a few more for practice at 1/500, 1/125, 1/60th. Examine your photos to see at what shutter speed is the photo acceptably sharp. Try it again with your tripod as a monopod (one leg extended). Every person is different.... My cousin can handhold a couple stops slower than I. I'm about 1/focal length + a little more. If I'm really careful, I can probably do 1 stop slower. It takes practice...

    * breath through your shots
    * Feet spread apart at shoulder lengths
    * Don't run around trying to get into position (if possible). keep heart rate and breathing calm.
     

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