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CGIPix is an observation that Nikon, Canon and the rest no longer make cameras,
they make computers that you can attach a lens to.
Here is a basic overview of what it takes to create good, better or best pictures, you decide how much effort you want to put into your pictures.


Timing is critical for photos of sports, action and children. Good timing creates photos with interest, excitement and imagination, while bad timing leaves the viewer wondering, what happened before or after the picture. The key to timing is, of course, reaction speed. Some people have it, some don't. If you have a great reaction speed, you can react to the movement in frame and capture it. If you're like most people, and you have normal reaction speed (200ms, 2/10 of a second), then if you press the shutter when you see it, it's too late. For the majority of people, you need to work on anticipation, not reaction, to capture the moment. In sports it requires you to know the athletes and their habits. For example, a flinch of a finger could mean the basketball player is ready to steal the ball. This only works if you know your subjects well, and can read their anticipated movements. Luckily, with digital cameras, 16GB memory cards, and 8 Frames Per Second cameras, anticipation is easier than it was with film. The caveat, I have found that when using reaction and timing, rather than rapid fire shooting, the pictures are composed better and the key moments are caught better. If you catch a glimpse of the eye, it shows, rather than a rapid fire sequence, where the glimpse is just part of one shot.

A personal story:

I've taken pictures of many college athletes, and some pro athletes. During the springtime, some of the professional baseball players came to the campus for some impromptu spring training. The main difference between college athletes and professional athletes is speed and reaction time. There's been plenty of time I've stood near a college pitcher taking photos, and you can hear the ball whistling as it goes through the air. When a pitcher from the major leagues throws the baseball, it doesn't whistle, it screams. If you want to capture professional athletes in peak action, you have to have reaction times that are close to professional athletes. So, the difference between good sports photographers and great sports photographers comes down to one thing, reaction time to capture the peak action.
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