DAVID ALIAGA/ … get you 400mm f2.8 lens and shoot very close actions! When a handball world championship is held in a country far from Europe – the most part of the countries playing, and the best ones, are Europeans- with long distances to go through to reach the venues, it is quite normal to have the stands almost empty, and, we don’t like the shots with empty seats. So what to do to get nice and interesting pictures where can not see this ‘desolation’? Well, we have two choices: or carry your big lens with you around the stands and get a clear background with the color of the ground or, stay in your bench and with the same big lens try to capture the face, the ball and the arm of the player, with and good bokeh behind. The last one is more impressive when you get the shot, but, mor difficult to get something decent. Even with the best body and lens -Nikon d4s or Canon 1d X- is not easy to frame these three elements – ball, face and arm- in focus. The old advice about follow the subject before the action comes is still useful. So… chose your player, keep him in focus, follow him, and when you see him ready to receive the ball, press the button a bit before it comes… if you are lucky you can picture really good photos!!