I am quite new to the D610 and would appreciate some advice. I am going to my grandson's outdoor soccer game in slightly overcast lighting (I am in Seattle) and would like recommendations for how to best keep my grandson in focus while he's running. It would be nice to get him in sharp focus with a trailing blur effect---but that might be asking a lot. I am not sure whether I should use AF-A and pan, or AF-C, with 9, 21 or all 39 (or 3d) autofocus points +/- panning. What are the best settings for panning? What would be a good shutter speed to get both sharp focus with trailing blur? I am using a kit 24-85mm f3.5-4.4 lens at the moment.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.
#1. "RE: Panning Recommendations" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Sat 26-Apr-14 04:04 PM
For moving subjects you need AF-C. The general recommendation is to use as few focus points that you can.
There are two tricks to learn for panning. First you need to keep you subject still relative to the camera. This mostly means you need to keep your subject under your one chosen focus point.
Second, you need to pivot from the hips, not the shoulders. Start following your subject early and keep following after you stop taking pictures. A good way to practice this is to stand on a street corner taking pictures of passing cars.
The needed shutter speed will depend on the speed of your subject and how steady your hands are. VR can help here as it will detect your pan and block out the up/down motion while keeping the left/right.
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#2. "RE: Panning Recommendations" | In response to Reply # 1ChickNew Nikonian since 20th Apr 2014Sat 26-Apr-14 07:49 PM
Thank you. I won't have time to practice taking pictures of cars (a great idea) as the soccer game begins soon. However,I'll try these suggestions today and modify based on the results for the next soccer game, in a week.
That's really helpful advice!!
#4. "RE: Panning Recommendations" | In response to Reply # 2DBarnes Nikonian since 25th Oct 2008Mon 28-Apr-14 12:16 AM
I'd add one more thought from my "old days" of videography. I used to teach my students to decide where the end of the pan would be and then position my feet in that direction. Then (without moving your feet) pivot the upperbody/ camera at the start of the pan so that you're "unwinding" on the pan rather than winding up. You'll get a smoother pan when you're hand holding the camera. That's a little harder when you're on a soccer field, but you might be able to predict at least the general direction you'll be moving.
And again, practice on this skill really does help!