Tech Tuesday From Bosque…Sighting In On Your Subject

Finding your subject with a long lens can be a challenge. You see it, bring your lens to your eye and it’s gone. By the time you get in focus and aim where your subject was, it’s gone. There is nothing more frustrating than missing that great shot because you couldn’t even find the subject in your viewfinder. Next time you’re out with your long lens give this little tip a try. First thing I do is pre-focus at the approximate distance that I will be acquiring my subject. That way when I aim my lens, the focus is nearly spot on already which makes finding my subject much easier than looking for a blurry target.

Now, here’s the cool part. When you mount your lens shade, use the set screw as a sight so it lines up with your hot shoe. You folks who have shot guns know where I’m going with this. By using the screw as a sight, I simply bring the camera to my eye, aim the screw at my subject and viola!, there it is in the viewfinder…

From there, it’s a simple matter of fine focusing, panning and clicking!…

Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR with TC-14E II on Lexar digital media