High School Football

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  1. slyproduction

    slyproduction TPF Noob!

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    I take photos for odessa permian high school, home of the movie "Friday Night Lights" and wanted some professional advice besides my own. [​IMG]

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    These photos were all taken in much better light then i have been using.
    Im using a canon 40D 1250iso 70-300 4.0-5.6. and mostly using 125tv. with the lowest AV. but im still getting blur.

    Now these..[​IMG]
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    Now this is a different stadium our home stadium and im shooting with a 40D 70-300 4.0-5.6 using manual with a 3200 iso which i hate bc its hard to sell photos with a lot of noise. and still shooting at a tv125-160 with the lowest Av. any higher i go with the tv the darker it gets.

    I need some help. lol

    Btw i know im using a POS lense but thats all i could get for now.

    Thanks
     
  2. slyproduction

    slyproduction TPF Noob!

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    Sorry about the photos being so big. ill try to re-size them for everyone thanks.
     
  3. Kenny32

    Kenny32 TPF Noob!

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    It's alright for the equipment you have...You really can't get good photos at night using that lens.

    My only recommendation is you invest in at least a 70-200 F/2.8 IS. You could also go the hit or miss way and get a Sigma 70-200 F/2.8, but they often come back-focused out of the box.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    They also look under exposed and brought back in post which make noise worse, in those conditions you need F2.8 and minimum shutter 1/320 to stop the blur
     
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    matt-l TPF Noob!

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    Holy big photos. Way to big to give advice. sorry.
     
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    try using a external flash
     
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    *Knowledge* TPF Noob!

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    Are you shooting Tv and AI Servo? Do you use a monopod or tripod?

    I'd recommend:
    1. utilize the 40d's 6.5 fps and shoot 1/500 or faster.
    2. Save up for the 70-200mm f/2.8
    3. ISO of 800 or less with the 40d, nothing higher.
     
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    pixeldawg TPF Noob!

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    Agree with the others- really large images and it's difficult to tell what's going on in them.

    One thing that I did note- you don't seem to be using any fill-flash in the images and if you did, it would bring them to another level. If you shoot at an ISO of 1200-1600 and use a 70-200mm F2.8 lens, you chould shoot at 1/16th power and get some really nice detail, regardless where they are on the field. Basically, if you can shoot them within reason, it'll give you some nice detail.

    I shot high school football and college football for over 25 years, and if I were shooting this type of image today, that's how I'd do it.

    Here's an article that I wrote about shooting football, and additionally about shooting sports in general. Hope they help! :mrgreen:

    http://www.popphoto.com/popularphotographyfeatures/4820/how-to-photograph-football.html
     
  9. sabbath999

    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nice article.

    One of my favorite angles when shooting is the end zone shot, when a team is driving. Here's one from this year:

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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That means he can leave his camera at home :lmao:
     
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    Over here if i used flash at a rugby match i would be thrown out :lmao:
    like someone else said head on is good, this shot is with a 1Dmk1 at iso3200 and the 40D is far superior at high iso
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  12. Kenny32

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    Believe it or not, a lot of photographers here use external flashes at football games. They're so quick that the players don't even notice them and they save you 1-2 stops on the ISO...Personally, I just prefer to crank up the ISO and remove it later with Neat Image.
     

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