How do i take pictures of Ice Skating?

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  1. BLD_007

    BLD_007 TPF Noob!

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    My campus is having a free ice skating night and I just got a call from the paper asking me to take pictures at it for the campus paper.

    I have never taken ice skating before and I already know Im going to have a problem with my white balance and being too bright.

    Just low ISO and fast shutter?

    any other advice?

    thanks
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    It's hard to say without knowing how much light you'll be able to present to the image sensor.

    It would be nice to know what focal length lens, and it's maximum available aperture, you intend to use and if the camera has a full size or a crop sensor.

    It also sounds like you don't intend to use any strobed lighting.

    A benefit of shooting at an ice rink is the big natural reflector the ice makes.
     
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    Get a very fast telephoto lens (rent one if the paper pays for it).

    Standard zoom lenses will drive you nuts (too slow). The lens can't be fast enough in situations like these.

    I haven't had the chance to shoot ice skaters before but I assume that you gotta be quick in terms of focusing and exposure times.

    You might get away to shoot at ISO 800 and with the smallest aperture you might be able to zoom in and still get 1/100 or maybe even a bit faster with enough light available (assuming your not using strobes). All given that you are able to nail the focus.

    Good luck!
     
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    too late now and all the images were too "hot"
    the best glass i have is 70-200mm 2.8 L

    I tried a few kelvin pictures and got a few good colored ones but composition is shot.

    never doing ice again, hell I hate shooting snow pictures as well.


    btw i have a cannon 50d
     
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    Well, you had a good lens and camera that were up to the task. :thumbup:
     
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    You will need a fast lens, iso3200 minimum 1/250
     

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