Friday, April 15, 2011
Dragging the Shutter - Shooting Cycling - How to shoot Triathlons
For the pictures above, I used a Nikon D700 with a 200 f/2.0 lens on shutter priority with a shutter speed of 1/30s on continuous. The riders were in motion, so I panned the camera with the rider maintaining focus on the rider's head while the shutter was open. This takes some practice.
1) Use a 200mm lens with image stabilization (This can be a zoom. You will be on something like f/11 or higher usually.)
2) Set the camera on the lowest ISO setting
3) Set the camera on shutter priority 1/30s for bike riders or 1/15s for runners
4) Set the camera on continous shutter and continuous focus, where it takes photos as fast as it can and continues to track the subject. (Alternatively, you can set the focus on manual at a fixed distance and lock it in.)
4) Get some distance from the subject on a flat area where you can see the subject approaching from a distance.
5) Pan by rotating your upper body at the waist, keeping your arms, shoulders and shooting platform stable.
6) Pan consistently before and after you press the shutter release. Any stopping and starting will be obvious.
Shoot in the shade:
I hope that you find this helpful.
P.S. There is no need to use expensive gear. All you need is a camera that allows you to set a slow shutter speed.