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Old Apr 27, 2010, 11:10 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a canon 7D mainly to use for sports photography (water skiing). I was wondering if there is a filter I should buy that will produce better pictures. Also does anyone have any tips on manual settings to get the best picture?
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Because of what you'll be shooting, I'd suggest a haze filter (as opposed to a protection filter.) A haze filter will cut down on glare.

A Circular Polarizing (CPL) Filter might also be a good idea for best results, but the effects they produce change depending on a number of factors, so you might bhave to pay attention to one more detail, which can be a problem when shooting sports/action/wildlife.
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EVERY(!) filter reduces IQ! Even most expensive B+W Käsemann&Käsefrau

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water ski on in salt water, I would take the reduce IQ. Sea spray can be a bit annoy to clean off. CPL would be nice to use if you lens does not rotate when zooming of focusing. A haze 1 or 2 would be a good option if it does move.
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I recently purchased a canon 7D mainly to use for sports photography (water skiing). I was wondering if there is a filter I should buy that will produce better pictures. Also does anyone have any tips on manual settings to get the best picture?
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As for the shooting, there is not a set of rules as there are many options that will give pleasing results. One thing that is essential, expose for the face.

Other options, go for some slow shutter as the skier is cutting across the wake, or before/after if you find that there is too much added vertical movement so you don't get a sharp shot. Then you have the other side which is fully frozen, this can give interesting spray patters as the naked eye only ever sees the movement of the water. If riding in the evenings the sunset behind, silhouetted skier but still enough detail in the water. As with all sports photography, capture the action without movement, so you need to be looking where the action is the most dramatic, so on a hard turn, the acceleration after the turn across the wake...... oh and the falls Then, play around see what else you come up with.

Oh, and please make sure you share some with us as I would love to see them.
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