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  1. Wow! Thank you so very much for taking the time sharing your experience and advice!!! I really do appreciate it. My next skating event will be GPF. I can't wait to use the settings you use that I haven't tried. The only advice I'll likely find difficult to follow is holding the camera in hands as opposed to mounting it on a tripod. Even with a tripod, I had muscle strain, mostly in my arms. I opened my tripod minimally and sandwiched it with my own legs so I don't get into my neighbors' space. One more question: if you get as close to the rink as you can when you set WB, would the lighting and color look different from where you actually sit and take photos? Or, is the difference minor enough you could ignore it?
  2. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts! I like the photos on your website and the page on cameras, including the etiquette of choosing and using them. Would you mind sharing the mode(s) and settings you use with Panasonic FZ1000 for both competitions and exhibitions? Mine is FZ300. I presume they are similar enough.
  3. Thanks for your replies! We like the videos because Mr. Hanyu did his magic and we are hungry for savoring it The videos and still images I'll be taking at GPF will be from a different (and more challenging) angle. I'll try my best to get the best out of it. I was actually torn between focusing on his skating (i.e., not messing with my camera,) and recording. For the latter, I couldn't afford taking eyes away from the camera LCD because he moves so fast that with just a split second of inattention he's out of the frame. I wish I had the means to hire a professional to do the recording for my own record and freedom to use the outcome without infringing on others' copyrights. Still, even by just looking at the LCD, I was shaking when I was recording Haru yo koi in Helsinki. I'm profoundly grateful being able to witness his artistry and feel his incredible presence on ice. Thanks also for introducing me to the DJI's Osmo and Ronin, which look several steps up my current equipment level. For the time being, I'm pleased with the tripod and ball head I have. As to workflow, I think for the time being having enough microSD's is probably the most feasible and affordable solution compared to potential alternatives.
  4. Maya

    羽生结弦 - 中文讨论

    ACI 有些人漏夜排隊為搶好位子,我個人覺得沒能好好睡太辛苦,用可以拉近的相機只要在裁判後面那一大片任何地方都沒太大差別。我多數時間就站在所有座位後面,雖然我眼鏡度數不怎麼足還是能看得清楚。我覺得可以移動從不同角度看是一大優點。另外像你說的,許多選手從旁經過或者坐在附近,感覺比大型比賽intimate多了。如果你訂Skate Canada的通知,不只能買預售票還還拿到折扣. 剛從GP Helsinki 回來。這次去Helsinki是第三次,一個人來去從沒感覺不安全過。機場到市區大眾運輸也非常方便。Haru yo koi 真的太值得看現場。
  5. Oh I can understand (or I think I do ) your English without any problem. Copying the original files to my computer hard drive is slow. Copying them to an external hard drive (mine has USB 3.0 but 4+ years old) is slow, too. Do you know of any other external hard drives that transfer files faster? With the camera, tripod and other things, I don't want to carry my laptop to the arena. Often with skating competitions we get back to our hotel or airbnb late and find myself too sleepy to finish backing up files. I don't want to end up backing up half way, so I stopped doing it until I return home. This practice requires enough space on my microSD cards for the entire competition. Yuzu's Haru yo koi is my favorite program, and it was the very last performance at GP Helsinki. I presume it'll be the case at GPF, too. I absolutely want to have sufficient camera storage space for it. Since GPF has only the very best skaters, I'll likely want to shoot quite a bit of still (highest resolution possible with .raw files as well) or 4K motion pictures. How many 128GB microSD cards would be enough for the entire competition? Three? Four? If I were to run out of space before Haru yo koi, I'll delete files from the camera. At least this option works fast.
  6. This one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XWZWYVP/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. Some cameras have the "post focus" feature, which as I understand would allow you to fix focusing issues after the fact. Might your camera have that feature, too? Focus tracking is another feature that might alleviate the focusing problem. Increasing number of models have it. It can be used in conjunction with face detection, which requires pre-registration of the face of the person you'd like to focus on. How do these features work for figure skating motion and still images? Please share your experiences if you've used any of them.
  8. Hello! Thanks for putting together the playlists. This thread, though, is for sharing experiences and asking questions about figure skating photography and videography, Posting/sharing videos and photos or links to them is mainly for illustrating experiences discussed or related questions. Sorry my OP and post with three slow-mo videos didn't make it clear.
  9. Another question I have is about the workflow. One aspect of it is about file transfer. My strategy to have the best chance of producing good images is to take a lot of them, and take videos that allow me to extract high-resolution stills. Needless to say, the combined file sizes are huge. During a competition, I easily shoot 10GB or more files in a day. It takes a long time to transfer such volume of files to an external hard drive using my 4+ year old Macbook Pro, and much much longer to upload to my Google Drive using wifi. It's a real pain. For the time being, I just keep buying micro-SD cards. What are your strategies?
  10. There are many lousy photos that I could contribute to the shitty Yuzu photo champion hashtag on Twitter So, yeah, I can totally relate to your kuyashi. But, hey, even good photographers would feel happy if they produce 10 or even just 5 good photos every day. I'm hopeful that learning from each other here will help us improve. You probably already know this: if you include "raw" in the files of photos you shoot in addition to jpg, you can tweek exposure and many other parameters afterwards with Lightroom. I haven't had time to process the raw files from recent trips, but knowing they are there gives me some peace of mind. Keeping the skater in focus is indeed a challenge. Even though I used continuous focus, my camera still struggled at times, perhaps because its processor just couldn't handle the speed fast enough. I don't know if your camera behaves the same way, but I found that when I press the shuttle half way during shooting a video, it helps the camera focus faster. I'll explore other options such as automatic focus tracking and registering faces and see which works best.
  11. I saw a YouTube video some time ago saying that Sony a6000 had the best automatic focus tracking. It's been a few years. There are newer models. Not sure how they work, especially for high speed sport events.
  12. I suspect the videographer used a tripod with a 360 degree ball head (such as this one, which I used to shoot the videos posted in my previous post) to produce the smooth panning.
  13. Thanks to all the responses. Glad to see the discussion going. For the time being, my budget doesn't allow me to invest in cameras with detachable lenses. For ACI and GP Helsinki, I used a Panasonic DMC-FZ300, which has a great zooming range (25-600mm) and constant f2.8 aperture, plus it takes 4K videos and photos. The out-of-focus issue happened frequently, though, when I used any mode other than the motion picture with high speed video settings. Needless to say, I have a serious case of kuyashi, considering my seat at GPF won't be nearly as good as those for ACI and GP Helsinki. You can see some of the slow-mo videos I created using the high speed video mode below. I think the camera is more capable than I know how to use currently. For example, I probably didn't use focus tracking the right way. I'll read carefully the advanced manual before GPF. Anyone here using FZ300, too?
  14. I find the lighting condition during GP Helsinki exhibition quite challenging. It was overall very low light, and the spotlight was quite strong. What kind of camera and setting do you use for this kind of settings? Another question: When you sit on either of the short sides of the arena, your distance from the skater of course varies a lot. Do you zoom in and out? The camera I use doesn't allow zooming during its manual video shooting mode. Do you find any particular camera and setting working well when your seat is on the short side?
  15. This thread is dedicated to better figure skating photography and videography. There are threads for sharing photos or videos. This one, instead, focuses on sharing experiences and questions about creating figure skating images and videos, such as how to take good photos and videos during figure skating competitions and ice shows; recommended cameras, camera settings, and other equipments; workflows on transferring, organizing, or editing files; recommended software; etc. Edit: Please post photos and videos only when they are related to the experiences that are being discussed or questions you'd like to ask so that this space doesn't become a photo/video sharing one.
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