February 2010
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Taking great photographs of a hockey game (contd..)

Tip 591 (Learn about shutter lag): In many cameras, there is a shutter lag between when you press the shutter button, and when the camera actually takes a photo. This can make all the difference between getting the photo when it is taken, so if you have a shutter lag in your camera, you will need to anticipate the shot before it is taken and press the button accordingly.

Tip 592 (Set a precise focus point): Many cameras will default focus on the light reflections on the glass surrounding the arena, so you need to ensure that the focus is set on the actual playing arena, and if this requires a manual focus, then you need to do that.

Tip 593 (Go early and adjust): If you do not have much experience in shooting hockey games, then it is good to go early to the game before the action starts, and learn about how to focus through the glass, from the distance where you are sitting, and so on. This will give you a head start before the game.

Tip 594 (Wear appropriate clothes): If you do get a chance to get down to the rink level, near the team bench or penalty box, then it is colder than it is in the stands; most people are not prepared for this, so be sure to have the appropriate level of warm clothes to handle this.

Tip 595 (Use the Image Stabilization mode): Even with the high ISO and fast speed, it is possible that you may need to use the Image stabilization feature on your camera / lens (a lot of modern equipment comes with IS inbuilt – the name for it differs among different camera equipment makers). Takes shots with and without, and you will soon learn what works better for you.

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