Shooting tiny humans running across a soccer field proved to be more challenging than I anticipated. I’m gonna get technical for this one, so bare with me. Since I primarily concentrate on recording videos, I’m used to taking photos at lower shutter speeds around 50 or so. But when you’re shooting something fast-paced like sports, you need to crank it up much higher in order to reduce motion blur. Problem is, I shoot on a budget. I use a de-clicked prime lens which does not have auto focus. So not only did I have to bring my aperture down to 2.8 to 1.4 or lower to get a good shot with a blurred background, I had to manually adjust it on the fly to get the best looking image that wasn’t overexposed while manually adjusting its thin line of focus as they were moving. I probably looked crazy. This is why sports photographers invest in expensive telephoto lenses and fast cameras to get the job done right. Not being able to zoom was - and continues to be - a struggle until I work up enough courage to invest in a quality zoom lens or upgrade my beat up looking 85mm. Thankfully my camera has focus peaking which is a total Godsend and justifies its purchase.
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