Tip of the Day – Contrast for action

Tip of the Day – Contrast for action

Camera auto focus and tracking systems work by locking focus on areas of contrast in an image. Hard light, such as full sun, creates the most contrast. Shooting in the late afternoon with the sun behind you, with the dog running towards you into the sun, will give you the best chance of success when shooting action.

If you don’t have a sunny day to work with, identify where the light is brightest (i.e. where the sun would be if it was sunny) and have the dog facing there. Try to minimise any sources of shade from trees and buildings by shooting in an open area outdoors.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 123mm, ISO 100, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8⠀

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