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on Mar 23, 2020 in Aviation

No More Excuses!

PBY Catalina
captured by D4s / 200-400VR

OK, I’ve heard all the excuses on the planet why photographers don’t practice their handholding and panning, but with current events, they all have now evaporated! While all the near future airshows have been postponed, there is no reason not to be prime and in your best shape for when they resume shortly. You know what I’m talking about, I’ve mentioned it a few thousand times before. I almost thought about doing one of those “stuck at home silly videos” to drive my point home but decided better of it. Instead, you can watch Basic Handholding and Panning videos I already have posted. You might be saying, “That’s all well and good, but what do we practice on?” Yeah, I saw that coming but you won’t like my answer!

This is perfect for those of you with kids at home, all you need are two kids and a tennis ball. Now, set your camera to the settings you prefer (I use Shutter Priority 1/60, AutoAreaAF), put your kids about 30-40 feet apart and have them toss the tennis ball between them. Now, you FOCUS and get SHARP images of that ball going back and forth. Simple! Do this for 15-20 minutes every day and you’ll be golden when the planes start flying again.

PS … remember to make your gear purchases at Bedford Camera and mention the discount code MOOSE for special pricing. Additionally, you will have free shipping on orders over $99 and most likely no sales tax.

Note: cameras do not go in microwaves. Here’s my camera / sensor cleaning video.

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