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Blog Posted in avatar   Ken Wightman's Blog

Shooting DJ news pix is hard

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By Ken Wightman
Posted Jan 2, 2012 in Arts
Shooting for DJ can be difficult. I don't know about you, but I don't have the money to equip myself in a professional manner. When I was a working news shooter, I had a top of the line Canon DSLR. Push the shutter button and the picture is taken. Need to capture a moment? Shoot off a quick burst and if you need to shoot another quick burst, go for it.
My camera of choice at the moment is a Fuji HS10 and a Canon PowerShot S90. You read that right; It takes two cameras to make one camera kit. The Fuji has the following advantages. It has a monster 30X zoom which is equivalent to a 24-720mm lens on a 35mm camera. I cannot say enough good things about this lens.
I have read a lot of reviews that disliked the manual zooom. Why these reviewers prefer a motorized zoom, I have no idea. They whine about the resistance they encounter when twisting the zoom ring. Are they nuts? You want resistance. This keeps the lens from creeping when placed on a tripod aimed either radically up or down. Zoom this lens and it is set and stays set.
And it may not be the sharpest lens but for shooting news stuff, it is more than adequate.
I find the Fuji HS10 zoom sharp enough for my work. I have no complaints.
I find the Fuji HS10 zoom sharp enough for my work. I have no complaints.
Another feature that I have come to love is the ability to shoot raw. With a really good, read expensive, camara, setting the camera manually can be done quickly. No pictures are lost. This isn't the story with most cheap, amateur digital cameras. Setting them manually is tedious. The way around this is to shoot raw and correct the image after it is taken. It is not a perfect solution but it is getting me by.
With the van safely in the compound  security guards padlock the entrance to the EMD grounds.
With the van safely in the compound, security guards padlock the entrance to the EMD grounds.
Defiant locked out workers  union flags flying  blocked the entry to the Electro-Motive Diesel assem...
Defiant locked out workers, union flags flying, blocked the entry to the Electro-Motive Diesel assembly plant in London, Ontario Monday.
And with some shots, such as ones with a flapping flag, capturing the flag in an extended position can be hard. Set the Fuji to best picture capture and your problem is solved. It will shoot a burst of six pictures and if you saw the flag extended when you shot, one of the images will be close to what you wanted. Nice.
So, why do I carry the Canon SureShot S90. Well, it is lighter and it has an f/2.0 lens. This is a camera that really shines in the dark. For available light shooting it is my usual choice.
The nicest thing about this kit is the price. Neither camera is the latest and greatest. Watch the ads and you can pick one up cheap. This takes some of the pain out of missing the occasional shot.
I'm retired. I don't have a lot of spare change. I was able to pay for my kit with money earned blogging and writing the odd story for Digital Journal. This also takes some of the pain out of missing the occasional picture.
And yes, there is more pain encountered using these cameras than I am used to. I'm sure glad they were cheap.
Special  high-priced  security guards with cameras record images of all who get too close to the Ele...
Special, high-priced, security guards with cameras record images of all who get too close to the Electro-Motive plant grounds.

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