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Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2014 on How to Take the Team Photo at Lens Extender
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During this Spring girls high school soccer season, I've used a 1.4x extender attached to my 300mm f/2.8 lens even under high school stadium lights. With yesterdays game here in Michigan being the first warm weather game allowing me to use two camera bodies comfortably, I attached a 1.7x extender to the 300mm lens and the 1.4x extender to my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. More of the 300mm / 1.7x shots were soft compared to the same lens with the 1.4x extender attached. But the reach of the 300mm / 1.7x combination was very useful for soccer. And the 1.4x /... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Lens Extender
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Field 20 at the Disney Wide World of Sports soccer complex in Orlando Florida offers a place to take photos from an elevated location. I usually prefer capturing soccer photos at ground level. However, during the 2nd half of a recent game on this field I captured a number of really good photos from this elevated perch. One benefit of elevated soccer photography is minimal interference from players in the line of site of your intended subjects. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Lens Extender
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I recently shot State Cup and MRL soccer indoors at the fabulous Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac Michigan. The benefit of indoor soccer in late October in Michigan is the wonderful climate controlled conditions - 65 degrees and no inclement weather. For photography, however, the indoor challenges of shooting in low light is still present even in a facility like Ultimate Soccer. Don't let being indoors stop you from capturing the action. Grab your fastest telephoto lens. Shoot at the fastest aperture setting (preferably f/2.8 or faster). Crank up your camera's ISO. Watch your histogram. And fire away. Nikon D800,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Lens Extender
All season I've photograhed the matches of a youth club soccer team. After photographing their championship win, I decided to create a photo/video montage of their season including the final game and celebration. This is not as difficult as you might believe. Since I'm a Mac user, I used iMovie to create the video. All of the photos were imported from Aperture.Related articles Back to Using a Lens Extender Using the D800 for Sports - YES YOU CAN ! ! Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Lens Extender
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There's no substitute for facial expressions. I rarely post photographs of backs unless the action is compelling. Capture faces if you can. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Lens Extender
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I love my Nikon D800 for sports. However, my D700 maintains a very useful place as a tool for my sports photography. The advantage the D700 has over the D800 is its ability to shoot at 8 fps with the vertical grip attached (with larger capacity battery). The ability to capture a photo like this is only possible by capturing the action in quick succession. Shot with D700 and 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, with 1.4x extender attached Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Lens Extender
Hard drive space has gotten very cheap. And it's getting cheaper all of the time. The best reason for shooting full size (beyond poster-sized photos) is the ability to crop photos and maintain acceptable image resolution. Ultimately you're probably correct, Steve, the image resolution of the D800 is so significant that even at less than full size settings, I can still crop and get very good resolution photos.
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The photo above was shot with my Nikon D800 with a 300mm f/2.8 lens attached. What's significant for me, is this photo was shot as a jpeg image at a setting less than the D800's maximum image size capability. Until this photo, I've been shooting NEF files (Nikon's RAW file setting) producing 36 megapixel photos and files sizes exceeding 40 megabytes at times. With this photo I set the D800's image size setting to Medium which produces a 20 megapixel image out of the camera and only about a 6 megabyte file size. What I've discovered is a very acceptable... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Lens Extender
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After getting my Nikon D800 back from being repaired by Nikon (a tale for another post), I attached my 1.4x lens extender to the D800 together with my 300mm f/2.8 lens to capture some soccer. With the 1.4x extender attached to the D800, the 300mm lens effectively becomes a 420mm. That's a focal length that's very useful for soccer. Given the extremely high 36 megapixel photo capturing ability of the D800, the ability to capture the far reaches of a soccer field while maintaining photo sharpness after cropping is useful. Each of these photos were shot with the D800 and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Lens Extender
Michael - I don't have very much experience with the D600. And no I did not consider buying it before my D800 purchase. I think the D800 was launched before the D600 by the way. The D600 is a full-frame camera like the D700. Thus, if your 70-200 2.8 doesn't provide enough reach with the D700, it also won't provide enough reach with the D600. Although, the D600 does have a 1.5x crop factor (DX) mode that also allows for higher frame ratesat lower resolution. Here's a review of the D600 that's very good: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d600
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There are times that Mother Nature creates a really good photographic environment. The soccer photo below was shot during a humid spring evening after a torrential rain storm at a high school soccer game under the lights. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Lens Extender
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It's outdoor high school soccer time for the girls again in Michigan. Although I can capture perfectly good soccer shots with my 70-200 f/2.8 lens, there's no substitute for the reach of big glass like the 300mm f/2.8 that captured this shot. My 300mm lens is a Nikon circa 2000. Yes, this lens is abourt 13 years old. I purchased it on eBay from a camera store several years ago. It's AF-S (meaning fast auto focus). And it works perfectly well with both my newer Nikon D700 and D800 camera bodies. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Lens Extender
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Try taking volleyball photos from a perspective above the court. This photo of an outside hitter was actually taken from a seat in the opposite stands in a high school gym. This is a cropped photo that was also taken at the 200mm end of my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Lens Extender
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Over the holiday period I tried my hand at creating an interactive ebook based on a European vacation my family and I experienced last summer. Ultimately I'm using the knowledge gained from this ebook endeavor to develop a unique ebook for sports photography parents. Check out my interactive Western Europe Photo Book. It's a free download available in Apple's iBook Store. You must have an iPad with the latest iBook app installed. From the Western Europe Photo Book link, you can download the iBook to iTunes on your computer to upload to your iPad later. Or, you can go to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Lens Extender
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This photo was shot using a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D800. It's another good example of the ability of the 70-200mm lens to capture action close to a photographer's position on a field or court. And it's provides more confirmation that the D800 us a very useful camera for sports in general. This photo began as a 36MP image that was cropped to 12MP to produce the image shown. The high resolution capability of the D800 becomes very useful for getting to actual composition you need while retaining image quality. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Lens Extender
More evidence the D800 is useful for sports: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1108889
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Mike I'm not a fan of shooting wide and crop either. However, when I'm shooting sports like soccer (large field) even my 300mm f/2.8 lens can be stretched when I'm at one part of the field shooting and the action is at another further part of the field. Thus, the ability to capture action far away and maintain resolution quality is very useful
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Photographers who believe the Nikon D800 cannot be used for sports photography, are wrong. The most common reason given by those who believe the D800 isn't useful for sports is the slower frame rate of the D800 versus other cameras that shoot higher frame rates (4-6 fps for the D800 versus 8-12 fps for other cameras). If all other variables were equal, then higher fps is better for sports. But as usual, the D800 has a few variables that are superior to some other camera bodies. For example, I also own a Nikon D700 as well. With the vertical grip... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Lens Extender
Question I bought my first D-SLR a year and a half ago. Got mysef a Nikon D7000. Just like you, I love sports photography. I had the chance to shoot soccer games, boxing matches, basketball and even few weddings. I consider myself a intermediate photographer still. But without advertising my services I've been getting few contracts here and there. I love learning about photography, but I need to get into the habit of shooting more. Instead of studying about it so much. And as I experienced more shooting opportunities, I've been feeling the limitations of my gear more and more.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Lens Extender
plittke, I've taken shots from the opposite side through the net as well. Many of those photos can be very exciting. I find it better for capturing the upfront hitters. Getting actions of the non-net players can be challenging however.
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I recently shot a volleyball tournament at a high school where I had an opportunity to shoot above the courts as well as at the court level. When shooting above the volleyball courts, I had an opportunity to shoot from the three different elevated vantage points: From the perspective of the ball coming toward the camera From the perspective of the ball moving away from the camera From the perspective of ball moving parallel to the camera The first 3 photos below are from each of the abovew vantage points. The 4th photo is from a sitting position perspective shooting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Lens Extender
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Don't be afraid to set your own shutter speed and aperture for sports. You'll have much more control over the appearance of you photos. My strategy is to set an appropriate aperture to capture in-focus action with nicely blurred backgrounds with enough shutter speed to reasonably stop motion. My Nikon D800 has an Auto ISO setting that I engage to insure proper exposure particularly when outdoors shooting sports partially in sun and shade. Auto ISO allows me to get proper exposure. Nikon D800, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens, Aperture setting f/4, Shutter speed setting 1/1600s, ISO 500 (Auto ISO) Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Lens Extender
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I ordered the D800 in February from B&H and it arrived in late July. After a weekend shooting soccer, I must say it seems like it was worth the wait. First, I must admit I have to grow accustomed to a 4 frames per second frame rate in FX mode (highest resolution mode). With the vertical grip attached to my old D700, 8 frames per second is a nice added feature. I ordered the vertical grip with the D800 for the added battery capacity. However, unlike the D700, the D800 still only shoots 4 FPS in FX mode with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Lens Extender
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Spend some time thinking about how you crop your photos. There are times when cropping can make the difference between an ok sports shot and a very dramatic sports shot. An ok crop A better crop Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Lens Extender