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    Hi,

    I need some help!
    Firstly i am equipped with 350d with kit lens and my friend is going to lend me a zoom lens.
    I am going to shoot at a dragon boat even at bedok res on friday, and its my first time. i would like to have some tips and help Please teach!

    thanks a lot!

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    zoom lens? <- refer to any lens that can zoom, doesn't means telephoto... 70-200?

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    opp. i'm not sure but i think it would reach 200mm. hmm help!

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    tripod. 1/250 shutterspeed. f5.6-8 would be good. hope its 200 or 300 if not you can't really see much.

    anyway the setup above is just my noob recommandation. i never shot that before so i don't know.
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    If lighting is tricky, i usually use M mode, otherwise it's the Av mode wide open
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    use AV mode set AV wide open, if shutter fall under 1/200 increase ISO...if this fail use M mode...setting u need to try urself base on the situation on that day...use a monopod/tripod if possible...

    edit: this is my newbie suggestion...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koelsch
    1/250 shutterspeed.
    acutally i think that is abit slow for the dragon boat.
    should be 1/500 or 1/1000 .. that would be better.

    my 2 cents
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    If lighting is good, I'd think you can get at least 1/500.
    If ur lens dosent go beyond 300mm, 1/500 is a perfectly handholdable speed.
    Dont be afraid to increase ur ISO to 200/400 if you need it...no problem at all.
    Remember the DOF theory to get the desirable apperture.I cant tell you what apperture to use unless you tell me your shooting style.
    Watch your background.
    Watch your lighting.
    Watch your subject's movement and spot any opportunities for creative shots; eg.motion blur, etc
    I would not recommend a tripod/monopod if your lens aint heavy; it decreases your mobility.
    If you are not sure of the focal range that you will use MOTT, get a sling bag or a bag which will allow quick access to your lens, so that you can change lens quickly if need be.
    Remember to bring spare batteries.
    If you are there for fun then just have fun.
    If you are on assignment then maybe you might wanna rackey first so as to find places to position yourself to get well-lit shots.And if its competitions or whatever, do find out where you can and cannot go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JediForce4ever
    If lighting is good, I'd think you can get at least 1/500.
    Remember the DOF theory to get the desirable apperture.I cant tell you what apperture to use unless you tell me your shooting style.
    What if my lens has only a single aperture, would that limit me getting various DOF?
    or are there other ways to get various DOF? Maybe u can give examples if there is. (like changing lens?)


    Sorry i'm a bit new to photography, hope you guys can help me out! =D
    Last edited by specs; 3rd May 2006 at 08:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specs
    What if my lens has only a single aperture, would that limit me getting various DOF?
    or are there other ways to get various DOF? Maybe u can give examples if there is. (like changing lens?)


    Sorry i'm a bit new to photography, hope you guys can help me out! =D
    Singale aperture i take it as constant aperture...that would be a bonus.
    Constant aperture lenses allow you to shoot wide open at all focal lengths without the aperture changing size.

    DOF control is still the same.About the DOF depth/shallowness(if thats how u spell it)....I wont elaborate further.Check out the photographic websites.

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    Distance will also affect DOF, the further you are from your object of focus, the wider is the DOF. I would say you don't have to worry too much about DOF. I suggest using AV mode F/2.8 or F/4.0 and iso400 or iso200. But you need to also take note of the shutter speed. Because in AV mode, the shutter speed will change/vary according to lighting condition. If the shutter speed is less than 1/320s, your image will likely be blurr.

    It all depends on whether it is a cloudy day or sunny day or partial. If you do not have F/2.8 or F/4.0 like me, then may have to use f/5.6. Below is an image i took last year for your reference.



    Focal length: 290.0mm
    Exposure time: 1/640s
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO equiv.: 400
    Whitebalance: Auto
    Exposure: Manual

    ================
    Focal length: 165.0mm
    Exposure time: 1/500
    Aperture: f/6.3
    ISO equiv.: 400
    Whitebalance: Auto
    Exposure: Manual

    Here's another one -

    Quote Originally Posted by specs
    What if my lens has only a single aperture, would that limit me getting various DOF?
    or are there other ways to get various DOF? Maybe u can give examples if there is. (like changing lens?)
    Sorry i'm a bit new to photography, hope you guys can help me out! =D
    Last edited by evershine; 3rd May 2006 at 10:48 PM.
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    Alamak, blurr..! I just realised the event is over......! The first posting date is 19 April 2006.

    Anyway.. for those reading will find my posting helpful.
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    Thanks for the tips, JediForce and evershine =D

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    But i tot if you step up the ISO to 400 onwards, your photo may look rather noisy? That's what i will worry most. I tried using ISO 800 or HI ISO and all my speed photography images all look very very noisy. And I try using ISO 200, the image is better.

    Quote Originally Posted by JediForce4ever
    If lighting is good, I'd think you can get at least 1/500.
    If ur lens dosent go beyond 300mm, 1/500 is a perfectly handholdable speed.
    Dont be afraid to increase ur ISO to 200/400 if you need it...no problem at all.
    Remember the DOF theory to get the desirable apperture.I cant tell you what apperture to use unless you tell me your shooting style.
    Watch your background.
    Watch your lighting.
    Watch your subject's movement and spot any opportunities for creative shots; eg.motion blur, etc
    I would not recommend a tripod/monopod if your lens aint heavy; it decreases your mobility.
    If you are not sure of the focal range that you will use MOTT, get a sling bag or a bag which will allow quick access to your lens, so that you can change lens quickly if need be.
    Remember to bring spare batteries.
    If you are there for fun then just have fun.
    If you are on assignment then maybe you might wanna rackey first so as to find places to position yourself to get well-lit shots.And if its competitions or whatever, do find out where you can and cannot go.


    Just my newbie comments
    Dont flame me

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    Depending what camera you are using. Canon 350D is very safe if you use iso400. iso800 still ok most of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgedale
    But i tot if you step up the ISO to 400 onwards, your photo may look rather noisy? That's what i will worry most. I tried using ISO 800 or HI ISO and all my speed photography images all look very very noisy. And I try using ISO 200, the image is better.
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    Guess my A700 have it's limit. Anyone uses A series powershot have experience taking shots at ISO 800 and image still appear to be very sharp and clear (without noise)?

    Care to share tips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgedale
    But i tot if you step up the ISO to 400 onwards, your photo may look rather noisy? That's what i will worry most. I tried using ISO 800 or HI ISO and all my speed photography images all look very very noisy. And I try using ISO 200, the image is better.
    most dSLR are fine with ISO400, especially canon ones.

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    I know that is why i only trust Canon's camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ
    most dSLR are fine with ISO400, especially canon ones.

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