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Jim

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My shutter lag is rubbish so I try to be safer than sorry if you see what I mean. Ta for the advice
 

HSTfan!!!

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Jim said:
My shutter lag is rubbish so I try to be safer than sorry if you see what I mean. Ta for the advice
Hehe, I know what that is like! Luckily I've got to grips with my new camera phone in a day and was taking pictures of station signs perfectly from a moving mk2! :)
 

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we were travelling at a reasonable pace so had to take pictures before the sign was even within my viewfinder.
 

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It is so easy to take a 'snap' of mediocre quality, just a little thought about the shot can really help - is the subject central, is the light suitable etc. Perhaps we need a 'top tips' thread...

With modern digital cameras, a poor shot doesn't cost anything and we can take literally hundreds of them. I always try and filter out as much of the 5hi* as possible as I take the pictures - if you don't think they are up to much, the chances are no one else will rate them either. Delete them or keep them private (as they may be still be part of a memorable day out).

Jim - this a not aimed at you but is a general comment. I am as guilty as anyone of poor photography as anyone will know who has seen my Photopics site. Train coming - camera on, press the button...
 

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Work out the time it takes to take the picture after you press the button - say it was three seconds.

Then, when in your position and you see a train coming, push the button three seconds before you think the train will be in the correct position. As I can tell you, you get used to it fairly easily!
 

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Coxster said:
Work out the time it takes to take the picture after you press the button - say it was three seconds.
Three seconds?!! Blimey, I didn't think your old camera was that bad. Don't try taking any HSTs at full pelt. You'd have to press the button when you heard the train approaching in the distance. :lol:

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The Gricer said:
Coxster said:
Work out the time it takes to take the picture after you press the button - say it was three seconds.
Three seconds?!! Blimey, I didn't think your old camera was that bad. Don't try taking any HSTs at full pelt. You'd have to press the button when you heard the train approaching in the distance. :lol:
It was an example Dad :roll:
 

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Dennis said:
With modern digital cameras, a poor shot doesn't cost anything and we can take literally hundreds of them.
Very true, unlike back when if you got something wrong that's one in 36 photos ruined...
 

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Interesting topic. I know I have to press the button in on my cam approximately 1 - 1.5 seconds before the shot I want is there. I always do a countdown for a moving train. Guess the distance, estimate the speed, work out from that how long it'll take to get the subject in frame, count down from there. Usually a 5-second countdown for me, at a moderate speed. If it's storming, it's a 3-second countdown, and counted at speed, with a bit of luck involved.

Good point about digital cameras, much, much easier to take a lot of shots and choose the best ones. It's the main reason (apart from dev costs) that I'd NEVER return to film. That is, unless I wanted some extremely good shots that I could take my time over, and get 100% perfect for each capture. Then I'd get an SLR out.

For a trip around London though, digital leads the way.
 
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