Last night I was shooting at a Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer game with Scott Kelby. Lots of fun, but….
Maybe the title of this blog post should be “lessons confrmed” since I really only learned a couple of new things, but I did confirm several key things that I probably already knew.
For example, the right glass is everything. We have a couple of great sports lenses here and I had my eye on the 200 – 400 for last night’s shoot. Unfortunately, Matt had already snagged it for a shoot, so I had to use my 700 – 200 2.8. Now don’t get me wrong, I love this lens, but for sports shooting it was just a little short, so I added a tele convertor. That meant I was shooting at f4 and very quickly had to pump the ISO to 5000 and then 6400 to get a decent shutter speed. As the evening got darker I ended up taking off the tele convertor (so I could shoot at 2.8) and only shot when the action got to our end of the field.
I still got some shots that I liked, but I definitely had lens envy as I looked at the nearby shooters with thier really big (long) lenses.
What else did I learn/confirm?
1. When you borrow someone else’s camera, make sure you have enough time to go through the settings and make the camera function the way you like. I’m sure I missed a few shots early on since I was still tweaking some settings.
2. In soccer, the ball is everything. Shots just don’t look as good when there’s no ball in the shot (compare the 2 shots below for example)
3. When shooting soccer, you can pretty much pick a spot to shoot from and stick with it – and if you do, bring a chair. I mean, it’s okay to move around, but I found sticking to a couple of spots made things much easier.
4. When you borrow someone else’s camera, make sure you remember to grab your camera card from their camera. Doh! I had to wait until this morning to look through my images as my card drove home in Scott’s car, still in the D700 I had borrowed.
Here’s a few more shots….
And finally, nothing new in this statement, but I also re-confirmed that the more opportunities you get to shoot something, the more you learn.