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    But I'm not a pro?

    I was at a wedding last weekend and I was paying attention to the team of photographers shooting it. There were two gals who where using 5D mark4's with power banks and a whole slew of L lenses. As the sun was setting they had this singular 3" round LED mounted on a tall tripod. Maybe 8 or 9 ft...
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    7D Mark II best AF setting to reduce foreground focusing?

    I watched a few videos on the settings. Not that it's completely clear, but I get it. I'm using 21 points, and I check all AF points except the last two. Also reviewed the settings on my lens, and and made a few suggested adjustments. Now I just have to go out and test it. Thanks.
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    7D Mark II best AF setting to reduce foreground focusing?

    Thank you. I'll try that. Question 1 : On the 'Selectable AF point' there's 9 point, 21 point, and 65 points. Are you suggesting I use 9 points? Question 2 : On the 'Select AF area manual selection, should I leave all the options checked?
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    7D Mark II best AF setting to reduce foreground focusing?

    With my old t2i I used the single focal point to follow the basketball shooting. Now I have a 7D mark ii and I'm shooting surfing. I'm using a Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 . I'm still trying to figure out all the auto focus points and options I now have over the t2i. I'm shooting from the beach...
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    But I'm not a pro?

    This was a big deal for my son. They usually perform in their high school gym. He was so impressed with the Hall and behind the scenes he couldn't stop talking about it. It was a great experience, and he was first chair. This is my favorite photo. While some of the younger percussionist were...
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    But I'm not a pro?

    I just ran some numbers and they are big. This was the District Honor Orchestra and Honor Choir which is comprised of the best students from all the middle schools and high schools in the district. It's the 8th largest district in the state and 78th in the country. We paid $60. each for our...
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    But I'm not a pro?

    The more I think about it, the performer more than likely has exclusive media recording rights written into all their contracts. In this case, the school district rented out the Concert Hall and probably hired the photographer to shoot the performance.
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    But I'm not a pro?

    I have no problem letting people do their job. The photography profession, I completely respect. I have a few friends who are pros, and I always pay them for their services. I looked at the Concert Hall rules and found this: Can I take pictures during the show? You may take pictures in the...
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    But I'm not a pro?

    My son was performing at a Large Symphony Hall. We bought tickets to see him. I brought my camera (7d with my Sigma 100-400) to get some close-ups. Wish I had 70-200 2.8 for that. As we passed through the security check point, I put my camera on the table. He looked at it and asked me if I was a...
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    Shooting surfing with my new / used 7d mark ii ?

    20 TO 30' ! I'd put put my camera away and paddle out! NOT! :) On waves that size I'm sure I'd need a lens with a lot more reach.
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    Shooting surfing with my new / used 7d mark ii ?

    I'll try to get in closer, which means I have to try harder to track my subject..... I was only at 250 mm. I could have got closer. It was a higher tide which breaks closer to shore. That's when the foilers show up. If the tides to low, they risk slamming their $1,500. foils into the reef.
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    Shooting surfing with my new / used 7d mark ii ?

    I got a chance to practice a little more. Hand held, sun rising from the left side. I think I got the AF points worked out. Shooting at f8, 1/3200 and auto ISO.
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    Shooting surfing with my new / used 7d mark ii ?

    I have a monopod, but I'm not use to it. When I shot basketball I'd handhold it in portrait orientation. Was able to get some really good shots in low light with my T2i, but... a lot of noise:( I've been using the monopod on the surfing shots, but it's not comfortable for me yet. Letting the...
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    Shooting surfing with my new / used 7d mark ii ?

    A pro photographer I know who has taken surfing pic's of me (I paid for them) has the 150 -600 on a 7D mark ii. I have lots of examples of how good it is, and he likes it. He shoots motocross with it mostly. I almost bought a 70 - 200 2.8. It's a great lens but it didn't quite have the reach I...
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    Shooting surfing with my new / used 7d mark ii ?

    Thanks for all the comments and tips. The AF is really extensive on the 7D. So many options. I usually have plenty of light so dropping a step is not a problem. When I shot basketball with my T2i and my 17-50 mm 2.8, I had to use single point. I'd catch the sleeve of a ref or defender and my...
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