HELP!! - Action Shots

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  1. Eventer

    Eventer TPF Noob!

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    Okay i have a showjumping show tommorow and i'd love to get some really good photos, so i was practising getting actionshots of my little brothing jumping on the tramnpoline! I cant do it - Theres slight blurring i put the shutter speed up and then they come out dark. Ill show u what i mean.
    I dont know what to do, Then i put it on the "sports mode" but no better... Tell me what u think :D
    And remember that horses are going to be jumping quite a bit fater than a kid on a tramp! :lol:


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    1/200, F5, iso100 (wrong settings??)

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    1/250, F5.6, iso100

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    1/200, F5, iso100

    What do i need to change?? This fancy stuff is all very confusing!!

    I reall want to be able to get nice crisp photos like this one taken by my friend kate ( geegeephotography.co.nz)
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  2. scribblenauts

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    im a noob myself but i think the exposure on your photos are abit too low
     
  3. T-town photographer

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    I am assuming that you are shooting digital. If that is the case try raising your iso up so you can get a much faster shutter speed. Keep in mind though that is you are going to be using a flash you will be limited on shutter speed to you flash sync speed.

    I have been out of it a while but that is what I would try.

    Michael
     
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    I too would say raise your ISO, and keep in mind that in your trampoline shots you have a lot of the sky in the picture, if you're using the auto-metering you may want to change it to center-weighted or zoom in closer to your subject if possible so the reading is more accurate to the subject that you want to capture.
     
  5. Eventer

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    Okay thanks for replying
    Okay so what do i reakon i should put the iso up too??
    So the higher the iso the higer i can make the shutter speed yeah?? (Told im a noob!)
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm assuming you can boost iso to about 400 and not regret the noise... thus set iso to 400, shutter b/n 1/250-1/500, play with aperture to get a good exposure. if you can use the flash - USE it.
     
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    Yes the higher the ISO the higher the shutter speed you can shoot. You still need to make sure you meter is correct. I very seldom shoot on an automatic setting I prefer full manual. What you are going to find is you are going to have to have a shallow depth of field and a fast shutter speed. That is basically what must automatic cameras will do if you set them for sports photography.

    Keep shooting and let us know how it goes with the horses.

    Michael
     
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    Do some test shots to see - try ISO 400... depend on the weather and your camera. Just be aware that the higher you go in the ISO range, the more pixelation you can get. For action you want your shutter pretty wide, so the lowest F-stop or a step or two above.

    I see you have the Sony A200, you may want to just shoot in "P" mode, this will allow you to select your own ISO, then the camera will do the rest. If you don't like those results, switch it over to "A" mode, this will allow you to select your own ISO, and F-stop.
     
  9. Eventer

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    Thanks everyone again - This site really is great!
    Ive jotted everything down and im going to go out soon and get some more photos of somthing moving/jumping (might go hassel the dog)

    Another question - I dont entirly get ISO, what is it and whats if good for lol, like for what photos would you raise and lower the ISO?
     
  10. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Understanding Exposure.

    It's a book.
    It's a book you must get.
    Get it.
     
  11. T-town photographer

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    I am a film shooter so I am not up to date with digital but I will give you the film version.

    Long ago in a studio far far away we a thing called film. :lol::lol::lol:

    Anyway with film you had film speeds. That is what speed or ISO the film was rated at. What this basically meant was how much time the exposure needed to be at. {simple version, not trying to a smart alek} I just do not remember the exact science behind it.

    Slower ISO's where great for portraits as they could be enlarged fairly large without a lot of grain showing up in the enlargments. The problem is that slower speeds i.e. 25, 60. or 100 do not generally work well in lower light conditions and require slower shutter speeds to be in exposure.

    Faster speeds like 400 are great for general outdoor/indoor photography but may pose a problem when trying to enlarge to much larger sizes " 16 x 20 or 20 x 24 " due to heavier grain or spots in the picture.

    Super fast films like 1600 or 3200 are great for nighttime shoots if I remember correctly.

    I hope some of this helps. I have been out of pocket for the last 18 years or so, and I am not up on all of the digital stuff. This is what the old school ISO was. I am assuming that it is the same with the digital.

    I have heard of "noise" at the higher ISO's in digital but I am not sure exactly what that means.

    Hope this helps,

    Michael
     
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    i have it, you suggest i read it? I never really got into it..
     

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