Its full-on winter here in Kelowna and so that has me thinking about Snowboarding. Snowboarding gets me thinking about capturing some great images. So if you plan to try out some photos this winter with your SLR, here are a few things to consider when shooting.
Aperture: I usually keep it shallow, ensures highest possible shutter speed, and the athlete has the prime focus in the image. Wide angles used with lots of depth (or smaller apertures) can be popular because they show the athlete, and then their beautiful location, like beautiful vistas.
Distance: generally sports happen fast! To get a good feel of whats going on, sometimes you need to get your shot in closer than what you would normally have. Use telephoto lenses from afar or get in real close with a wide angle for distorted views
1/3. Now compose your shot, without changing your exposure and you should have a relatively well exposed winter image. This does not suit all conditions, but if you are having trouble, its a great help. Just remember, snow is not grey, so keep it from looking that way in your photos.
Math warning)That means you shoot at 70mm focal length on cropped canon body @ 1.6 = 112mm = 112/1 = reciprocal 1/112 x 3 = 1/336", round that off to the nearest stop and you can use 1/320 or 1/400. Dont forget crop factors for your body, because your 70-200 on an XTi or 50D is not the same as a 70-200 on a 5DMkII. Also there are no rules set in stone. The factor that affect the blurriness of your athlete most is their speed/velocity relative to their size in the camera frame.