Shooting in the gym. need help on setting!

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  1. feRRari4756

    feRRari4756 TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys my sister has a cheerleading competition coming up and it will be held in a gym. It either has flurescent or tungsten lighting. Whcih one is used in a gym?

    and another question, i would like to shoot at the highest shutter speed possible and lowest Iso possbile with an aperture of about 5-6.

    Is there anyone out there who does kinda professional sports photography in a gym to tell me what settings and white balance they use?

    ALso, I am using a 200mm zoom lens, with no flash. and the action will be about 70 yards away.


    Thanks

    BTW, i was thinking a sutter speed of abouto 1/300, aperture of f/5, and ISO of about 640.

    Do you think thatll work?

    (I have a canon 30d)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's imposible for us to tell...it will depend solely on the light in the gym that you are in.

    That being said, I really don't think that will cut it. At F5 and 1/300 in a gym, you might be looking at ISO 1600 or 3200....maybe not even that.
     
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    try to get there early and test out various settings, you'll eventually find one that will suitably work
     
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    Ohh. Well its just like standard gym lighting very bright. but i will probably get an orangy tint from teh floor.
     
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    Sorry you have no chance at all you will be lucky to get 1/10
     
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    You might think it's bright, but your camera's light meter will probably have another option ;)
     
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    Don't be surprised if you have to use ISO3200 and there still might not be enough light at F5-F6
     
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    Woahh. I was never thinking thta much. SO is there really a good way to get super crisp shots with little noise in a gym?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Use a lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8...or better yet, F1.8 or F1.4 etc.
     
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    Okay, but then wouldnt the persons head be in focus but the whole body be out of focus (if i wsa focusing for the head)?

    and if i changed the metering or something would it help?
     
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    Large apertures do give you a shallow DOF...but if the body and the head are on the same plane (the same distance from the camera, they will both be in focus). Besides, at 70 yards you should have plenty enough DOF to get a whole person...although, a person won't be very big at 70 yards with only a 200mm lens.
     
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    Yes but if that is the only way to get the shot thats what you have to do or could could shoot at F6 have have a blurred shot

    metering modes will make no difference to the amount of light hitting the sensor, you either have enough light and get correct exposure or not enough
     

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