Taking night, action shots

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  1. davindersangha

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    Konica Minolta Dimage Z10 Digital Camera

    I use the above to take shots of a football league. It's played at night under flood lights and I'm having massive problems getting a decent action shot.

    All the shots are usually quite blurry and the flash is a bit too slow. Can anyone recommend some ideal settings to use.

    It's got a manual facility to set the Exposure, Shutter, Aperture, etc. It also gives a + and - setting from -2.0 to +2.0.

    I've managed to get some settings slightly correct. The image is dark but it's better than before. We're talking about fast moving players in low light so any advice is appreciated.

    I remember I used to have a little Kodak camera years ago which made perfect shots with no settings. This one is excellent, but doesn't do good action night shots.

    My websites at www.sassco.co.uk.
     
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    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    Wow, talk about tough shooting conditions! There are a couple of approaches you could take here, but I'd recommend shooting in either aperture or shutter priority mode in this case. In shutter mode, try shooting at a minimum of 1/100. In aperture mode, simply set the aperture to the widest value (that is, the smallest number).

    Are you pre-focusing the shot? If not, this may help as well.

    I put together an article specifically on action shooting for this site. Check it out here for some other suggestions, if you're interested.

    dr
     
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    Great article. Thanks for the advice. Will try it out next Tuesday when our games are on. The camera is quite good at allowing me to be as manual as possible so will experiment.

    What gets me is that the ancient camera I used to have (circa 1999 to 2003), it had perfect shots at the same football games at night time.
     
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    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    Thanks. Sometimes a certain camera just seems to "work" in certain conditions, for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

    For me at least, there's also the problem of being fully aware of the limitations of my current equipment, while remembering former cameras as better than they ever actually were. In any event, post back about how it works out.

    dr
     
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    Will be taking the shots tonight. Shutter at 1/100, Aperture at small size and I've also noticed an ISO setting, which I will put at 400.

    Camera seems to have a good manual mode which allows the AP and SH settings to be done at the same time. I've attached the manual for reference.
     
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    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    Sounds like a good combination for action shooting. You might want to bump the shutter up just a hair if possible, but if not you should be alright.

    Best of luck, and please report back (and maybe post some shots?).

    dr
     
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    Here are the shots. Taken using the following settings, 1/100 (or 125). Iso 400 and F3.2

    Flash Compensation is 0.
     

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    Just to add, they are 100 times better than before. It's best for me to go close up (i.e when the players are closer to me) to take shots. They are quite grainy and you do see a lot of red-eye, but the blurriness has gone, but replaced by graininess.

    Any more tips will be appreciated. I'll take some more next Tuesday.
     
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    And these are the two same files but modified within Photoshop. I generally have the sizes with a width of 785px, so despite the grain, they are still usable and better than having no pictures (which I haven't had since September).
     

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    That lighting is at least as tough as I expected. Nice work on getting those shots!

    dr
     
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