I tried to document her first day on the field but it was difficult with only a glorified point and shoot. There is a reason that working pros insist on using DSLR cameras with a strong 35mm heritage. Even when used in auto mode, these high-end cameras can be trusted to always deliver the goods.
The action shot, left, is a really nice picture moment. Sadly, it is out of focus. It works as a small image on the net, but it fails as a print. All too bad but excuses don't make a picture better.
Knowing how iffy it can be to grab a sharp action photo with my superzoom camera, a Fujifilm Finepix HS10, I shot lots. Another image, this one lacking action, shows a great smile that captures the mood of the day.
There are a number of lessons here:
- Shoot lots. This is always the right approach but in difficult picture-taking situations it is paramount.
- Try for action when action is the core of the activity but watch for other photo moments as well.
- Stay alert for pictures and you won't go home empty handed even if you come up blank when it comes to capturing the action.