Going to a night time H.S. Football game tonight...

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  1. hankejp

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    So I'm going to a High School football game tonight and thought I would bring my camera, a D40, to the game. This will be my 1st night time shooting, and I am hoping for a few pointers.

    This is what I am hoping to do so far.

    Have my ISO setting at 1600
    User a high shutter speed.

    What other suggestions might there be?


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    Tripod or monopod, lowest aperture possible, close to the action as possible (so you don't have to crop too much at 1600 iso) shoot raw so you can bring more out of underexposed shots and reduce noise better.
     
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    What lens are you planning to shoot with?
     
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    I have my 18-55mm AF-S and then borrowed a 70-300mm ( I believe G) lense. I do have a tripod, and there is also a chest high fence going around the field.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    If that 70-300 is a VR, turn it off before you use the tripod. Or leave it on and don't use the tripod.
     
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    It doesn't have VR, so I'm good on that.
     
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    Is that the el-cheapo 70-300 AF lens that doesn't AF with the D40? That's gonna be frustrating.
     
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    Also take some test shots to get your white balence to look good..
     
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    Don't use a tripod.

    You'll just cripple yourself in terms of manouverability, and you should be shooting at speeds high enough to freeze the action (1/500+), so there is no way you won't be able to hand hold that. It's not like the lens is a beastly 400 f/2.8...
     
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    Just be aware - you'll get very little to keep without a 2.8 lens.
     
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    Agreed. Most high school stadium lighting is terrible. I actually just shot a game tonight, too.
     
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    Well, my 1st football or any sports photography is done and it was a COMPLETE disaster. But that is how we learn isn't it?

    I'm not sure what went wrong, but have an idea. I couldn't shoot faster than 1/250. If I tried I got an error saying the subject was too dark. I think this is because the Aperature couldn't open up any wider.

    Is this becuase of the limitation of the lense? I didn't use the built in flash. Do you think it would've helped at all? I will post some of the disaster in the next post.


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