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Need some photography help...

Discussion in 'Photography' started by kris77, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. Dec 5, 2008 at 4:26 AM
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    kris77

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    Im trying to take pictures of my nephew's basketball game...Every pic turns out blurry...Not sure what im doing wrong...

    I set the shutter speed to 1/50...Thats the fastest i can go because of the poor lighting...and you cant use flash...

    Not sure what else i can do to get a good crisp shot...Ive been reading up on the settings on my camera...I set the F stop to 2.8...Thats the lowest i can go on my camera...and i set the iso to 1250...If i do all that, i can set the shutter speed to 1/100 and get slightly dark shots, but thats ok, i can lighten them up in photoshop...But its so grainy at 1250 iso...

    any ideas??? Or am i just out of luck...
     
  2. Dec 5, 2008 at 6:02 AM
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    BUt turn the ISO uo to around 600 or 800 and also check the white balance, And also use shutter priority setting, you deff. need to get the shutter faster. Not sure if your shooting in RAW format but that will help with editing.

    ISO write up this seems useful.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2008 at 9:52 AM
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    Try an ASA of 200-400...then shoot at a shutter speed of 1/250 and up, you'll have to figure out what looks best.

    The higher the ASA 400+.....will yeild a griany image...you need to shoot at a faster shutter speed to capture the image in a "freeze of action" to keep the image sharp:)
     
  4. Dec 5, 2008 at 9:58 AM
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    thats gospel right there ^^^
     
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    Amen brother...Amen:)
     
  6. Dec 5, 2008 at 10:23 AM
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    here ya go, a random yet wonderful pan shot I shuttered. f/11 @ 200th shooting 100 speed.

    IMG_1351.jpg
     
  7. Dec 5, 2008 at 10:24 AM
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    I would say +1 as well and increase exposure bias a couple of stops . But if you can't use a flash you might have to accept some grain. I shoot as high as 3200 ASA and have to over expose by 3-5 stops to get some of what I shoot. The following was shot at 1/200 f4.5 exposure bias of +5 ASA was 1600.
    [​IMG] </b>You can see all the shots here. http://www.pbase.com/praetoriv/2008_prca_eddycounty
     
  8. Dec 5, 2008 at 10:32 AM
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    Yep, a high iso rating will give you a faster shutter speed which is what you need for indoor sports action. You can play with the plus and minus settings to fool the camera, that will work. But as far as the grain you so despise, that's the price you pay for available light sports photography.
    A costly way would be to buy a high speed tele lens...like a f stop of F2. But, that will set you back a major buck or two. Frankly, not worth it. earn to love the grain...or noise as it's called in digital land.
     
  9. Dec 5, 2008 at 10:38 AM
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    x2.

    as stated above, take it down to 800 or so and adjust what you can ih photoshop. at an iso of 800, you can still get a fast shutter speed, and eliminate some of that grain that you'd get at 1600iso.

    also, if you shoot in full manny mode, you can tweak your apeture a bit and really maximize that low light.
     
  10. Dec 5, 2008 at 10:59 AM
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    You'll be amazed what an exposure bias can do. I would say crank the bias up and shoot during the warm ups. Then start cranking the ASA as you go to find that point where you can get at least 1/200. Anything slower and motion blur will be hard to get rid of. Shoot in RAW and you can adjust alot with the pic before you even get to PS. My above pic is out of the camera. No PS work on it and no Flash.
     
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