How often do you bump the ISO up in outdoor sports?

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  1. prodigy2k7

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    I read somewhere of someone bumping ISO up to like 400 for sport shots. What if its a really bright day and you can get 1/640 lets say, and your at ISO 100, do you even need to bump is up to 200 to get a faster speed?

    It might be more than 1/640 on a hot day im just saying a random number.

    Lets pretend this is for soccer, and not nascar hehe...

    It seems people bump the ISO up just because sometimes.

    I dunno, any insight?
    BTW, Yes I know about ISO, so dont need to teach me how to use it :p
    Im more or less asking about other peoples techniques on ISO in sporting events.


     
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    You only need to bump up the ISO if you can't get the shutter speed/aperture combination you want to use. If it's bright enough to use what you want at ISO100, then ISO100 it is.
     
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    Always as low as possible.
     
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    i ALWAYS try and avoid bumping the ISO. if you dont absolutely need to do it DONT. itll bring unnecessary noise into the shadows of your image.
     
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    I'll use what ever ISO is needed to get the desired shutter speed I'm looking for. I have used from 100 all the way to 3200! For covering a night, high school football game.... with POOR lighting LOL.
     
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    you can always get a faster lens if you dont have one... maybe a 300mm f/2.8? :D not on my salary though!

    I try to shoot at 100 all the time. I have a nice manfrotto(bogen) tripod which helps. My dad has shot some very usable pictures at 1600 with his A100, at a play my brother was in. however He stated 800 was far better...

    keep it low and get nice pics! OR buy a nikon D3 :D
     
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    Depends how often the sunsets and I'm not finished shooting yet.

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    Obviously having a D3 helps but I still rather have this shot here at ISO1600 with all its noise than not have a shot at all.
     
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    You are s right!
     
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    But as high as needed.
     
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    Outdoor soccer game?? No need to bump the iso at all.
     
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    You seem to have forgotten that it gets dark outdoors nowadays. :)

    I suppose after all these answers you have received, it's obvious. As low as possible, and as high as needed. (they said it, not me).

    Personally I shoot sporting events and auto races. Content is more important than low-grain. I rarely shoot less than 800 ISO - even in the daytime! Put down your stones...I do this for DOF and focusing reasons, so I can shoot with a small aperture. Night time at Springfield Raceway - hands down, 3200. If you're shooting portraits or a wedding, certainly you need to be more cautious than me.
     
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    Because I shoot motorsports, I usually have the ISO on 400. It gives me that bit extra shutter speed on an overcast day, and still produces virtually no noise.

    However, if I want to take photos of radio-controlled cars, I use an ISO of 800 or sometimes even 1600 in overcast weather. They're fast little buggers, trust me.
     

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