Nikon D7000 Sports Mode

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While this is called Sports mode, you can use it for any moving subject that you are photographing (Figure 3.12). The mode is built on
the principles of sports photography: continuous focusing, large apertures, and fast shutter speeds (Figure 3.13). To handle these requirements, the camera sets the focus mode to Dynamic, the aperture to a very large opening, and the ISO to Auto. Overall, these are sound settings that will capture most moving subjects well.

Sports mode is best used for when you want to freeze motion. When in this mode the built-in flash and AF-assist illuminator will be turned off.
Figure 3.12 Sports mode is best used for when you want to freeze motion. When in this mode the built-in flash and AF-assist illuminator will be turned off.

You can, however, run the risk of too much digital noise in your picture if the camera decides that you need a very high ISO (such as 3200). This is why you have the ability to change some options within Sports mode such as ISO and Release mode (single and continuous). Also, when using Sports mode, you can change the focus mode from AF-A to Manual. This is especially handy if you know when and where the action will take place and want to prefocus the camera on a spot and wait for the right moment to take the photo.

This is the type of shot that was made for Sports mode, where action-freezing shutter speeds and continuous focusing capture the moment.
Figure 3.13 This is the type of shot that was made for Sports mode, where action-freezing shutter speeds and continuous focusing capture the moment.