An snowmobile rider speeds toward the camera on a cold and late winter day. There's good late afternoon side-lighting.

This shot of the on-coming rider on snowmobile required smart autofocus, part skill, and park luck. With the subject moving quickly towards the shooter, lock the camera’s autofocus on the rider. Good autofocus predicts where the rider will be from the time the shutter button is pressed by the user to the time the shutter completes a full actuation with the exposure now recorded. This can include a mirror rotating up and out of the way to the aperture stepping down. This is commonly referred to as shutter lag. So, when you decide to buy a camera, or step up to something that better suits your new shooting style, remember this term: Predictive Autofocus, which is that I just summed up, in a roundabout way. Your camera must have the brains inside to calculate the shutter lag and rider’s new position from the time you press the shutter button to the shutter closing: the autofocus compensates accordingly! Do your online reviews and do your homework if you take photos of moving objects that are coming at you or, conversely, moving away from you. Also, manually select you autofocus and set you camera to the appropriate autofocus mode. Be steady and fast. If you have an old manual focus camera, and with a little planning, that will work just fine as well! 🙂

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