Rookie needs help with a Canon D70

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  1. Dwaynejo

    Dwaynejo TPF Noob!

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    My wife bought be a Canon D70 with a 70-300mm lens. I'm having trouble with taking pictures at night during a high school football games. Any suggestions on settings that I might make?? The pictures are coming out blurry or yellowish. Any help would be greatly apprecated. I'm in over my head with this camera.
     
  2. MDowdey

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    hi dwayne. welcome to the forum...

    in order to explore the full capability of the d70, u need to work with the program modes until you can get a better idea of what numbers to plug in for which shots. this being said, try turning it to an action mode(read manual). this should let the shutter operate fast enough to stop motion when action is occuring. as far as the yellowing goes, you might want to try setting the white balance(read manual) to something different so that you can get a better white caste on the action.

    hope this helps you a little..

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    If the lens you are using is f4ish or greater like an f4.5 - f8 or whatever, then there may not be enough light to use it in this situation and freeze the action. The best way to sharpen up your pics are:

    Use a tripod / monopod / beanbag (ok, might not be possible in a sports event, but then again...)
    Up the ISO/ASA settings to their maximum i.e. 1600 ISO
    Shoot in Shutter Priority mode and ensure that the shutter is 1/length in mm i.e. 1/300th or faster for 300mm and 1/70th or faster for 70mm.
    Buy a really expensive long prime lens with a low f-number (ok, probably not a great answer, but you might have lotsa $$$$)

    The yellowing/oranging is due to the colour temperature of the lights lighting the event. There are two ways around this - calibrate the WB (white balance) of your camera to compensate and secondly: change the curves/colour balance/levels in photoshop or similar editing program. Actually the sinful button "Auto Levels" sometimes works really well with yellow pictures in PS!

    Search on this forum for "sport photography" and "sports" and you should find plenty of previous articles about this. Also, have a look at the basics sticky at the top.

    Rob
     
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    Thanks MDowdey, I have tried the action setting but not the white balance too. Thanks alot for the advise!
     

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