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Canon® EOS 60D: Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

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Chapter 10: Event and Action Photography

Whether you’re shooting sports events, festivals, corporate gatherings, or weddings, the Canon 60D is a strong performer in the event and action shooting arenas. With a burst rate of 5.3 shots per second and a fast focusing system, the 60D has all you need to make one-of-a-kind images that capture the peak moments in action and emotion.

The 60D’s wide ISO range and low digital noise at higher ISO settings provides excellent latitude for shooting in low-light venues, and when you combine this with Image Stabilized (IS) lenses, you may be able to leave the tripod or monopod at home. And with the addition of High-Definition video, you can capture the story of sports and other events with both still and moving images.

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Outdoor lighting combined with rim light creates a dramatic portrait of a vocalist at an open-air concert. Exposure: ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/800 second using a –2/3-stop of Exposure Compensation.

Preparing for Event and Action Photography

There are few areas where you can hone your timing and photography skills as quickly as you can with event and action shooting. To capture the peak moments, it’s important both to know the 60D well and to have the appropriate gear available. Regardless of whether you’re shooting a baseball game or a couple walking down the aisle, the objective is to capture the decisive moments, and at 5.3 frames ...

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