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  1. Blazing Angel

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    I wonder if anyone can help me. I have just started photography and I'm still finding my way around my camera. I have been asked to take photo's of my girlfriends touch rugby team and some action shots this week for a website. I tried using "sports scene" mode and all sorts of different settings but all my pictures came out blurred. The games are in the evening so they play under flood lights but they aren't the normal white light. They are yellow and alot of my players are see through. Could this be because of the lights or are my settings all wrong? If anyone can tell me how to work around this I'll be very greatful. I have a panasonic DMC-FZ50.

    Thanks a million
     
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    forget the sports scene mode and use all manual.
     
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    Sorry, I can't help you much with lighting. But for composion . . .As best you can, shoot from in front of them, not from the side lines. I've seen a lot of photographers at the soccer games shooting from the sides or as the players are going away from them. Also, don't forget the side lines -- you'll probably get a lot of good shots of players showing emotion for their teammates. As for framing, if the player is moving, it looks best to leave room in the frame for them to move. In other words, you want to see where they're running.
     
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    Expanding on that a little, this works well even for non-action shots. If you have a portrait of someone you would more than likely want the negative space in the direction of their view. So you can see where they are looking to. Same idea. At least that's what I've been taught and what I find pleasing.

    But what rubbertree said, manual settings all the way. You're going to need full control of your camera, especially in low(or weird)-light situations. I'm still trying to figure out all the buttons, settings, relationships between them all and composition crap too. It'll be a good learning experience no matter what.

    Kind of sucks there's some pressure on it though when you're still trying to find your way around the camera.
     
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    Don't shoot in burst mode. I know a lot of beginners tend to do this because they can catch the action easier. This is a bad idea because your pictures will be blurry. Also try to focus your camera on a sport where you think the player(s) will go.

    Ex: Soccer: focus on the ball before the player kicks it.
     
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    I'm afraid your equipment is not really upto shooting this sport at night, you will need a 200mm Lens minimum at F2.8 and then you have to let the action come very close and probably use iso1600 and higher to stop the action. I shoot lots of rugby and my 300mmF2.8L is sometimes too short
     
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    Finally, someone says it!!

    OP's Lumix isn't a DSLR. Even if they're right on the sidelines, they won't be close enough. The high ISO is no doubt terrible. The lens likely isn't f/2.8 and even if they use the tiny on-board flash they still won't even be able to get close enough for it to work.
     
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    set the camera to manual.

    and set your shutter speed to NO LOWER THAN 1/125 and your aperature to the lowest number possible. then you should be okay. Good luck
     
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    1/125 will not work with rugby
     
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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I will try do the best I can with my camera for now till I can afford the proper equipment. I will try get them to have a training session during the day so at least I don't have bad light against me. :wink:
     
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    I agree that your camera is not capable of what you are trying to do. (low light with fast action shots).

    You maybe able to capture some good shots during the day. In order to capture, or freeze the action, you need to take the picture in a "Fast shutter speed". But the problem is the faster the shutter speed, the lesser the light that hit the camera sensor.

    So in a low light situation, it is not going to work on your camera. However, during the bright sunny day, it is possible because you have enough light hitting the camera sensor even with the fast shutter speed to create a proper exposed pictures.
     
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    Burst mode is not a problem getting sharp photos. Knowing how to focus in the first place or the lack of knowledge of how to focus for sports is the problem. If you see a shot you think would be cool it is already too late to focus and get the shot.

    Burst mode is fine if you are in a continues focus mode. For Canon it is AI Servo. I can usually get two complete games on my batteries as I am focusing all the time. That is the key. Following the action through the viewfinder constantly and focusing all the time. If the body allows it get the focus control off of the shutter release to a different button and track track track.
     

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