Staying In Focus When Filming Sports; Tips?

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    • #37261

      When filming something where your subjects are always moving around, how do you stay in focus?

      I need some tips! Do you just keep moving the focus ring to adjust it as they move around?

  • #164989

    Okay, tip 1 is to stay at as wide of an angle as you can. Depth of field is greater the wider the lens is zoomed out. So you will want to get as close to the field as possible, then you won’t need to zoom in as far. Also think about the direction of the action. In basketball, the action is a semicircle around the baskets. If you’re trying to cover offense & defense, putting yourself along the center line, up a bit and 7-10 yards away will put much of the court in the same focus range. But you’re right about moving the focus ring. I’ve always called it follow focus, and back when I started we ran cameras with on hand on the zoom control on the right side of the lens & our other hand on the left side focus ring. I can still do this with my SONY VX2100, so I don’t have to rely on auto-focus. But the camera I shoot the kids with isn’t really convenient to try follow focus.

    Mostly it is a skill you acquire through practice, practice, practice. So good luck! And keep shooting.

  • #164990

    good i liked that =)

  • #164991

    Try shooting with your f-stop more closed down (obviously not closed all the way). This will increase the depth of field. If you do this, auto focus will be able to keep up with the movement. If you are shooting inside, this may be hard to do because closing the f-stop will create a dark image. You can boost the gain, but then the image gets grainy. So try that and what BarefootMedia said. Staying wide like he said will help, however, you will need to get close ups and cut-aways at some point. So like I said, close the f-stop.

    I’ve shot sports a lot, and my method has always worked for me. I have tried to pull focus in the past. It’s hard, but i’ve had some success.

  • #164992

    I would say – manual focus only. You need to keep your fingers on the focus ring and ride it accordingly. It comes with practice only. Good excercise – position yourself on a busy street and focus on people and traffic approaching and going away.

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  • #164993

    Thanks guys.

  • #164994

    WOW cool wayss ^-^

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