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Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
 

Blurry Indoor Action Shots


 
  no flash, blurry everything
no flash, blurry everything
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  Flash on - movement captured
Flash on - movement captured
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  Flash on - captured ok even with backlight
Flash on - captured ok even with backlight
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Fuji FinePix S5000...
 
  Flash on - why is there the white/blue halo?
Flash on - why is there the white/blue halo?
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Fuji FinePix S5000...
 
 
OK - need advice, please! See the indoor action shots enclosed. The lighting was bad, as usual, and unless I used the flash things were really not good if the subject was moving. Do you have any advice as to what settings to use if I cannot use the flash? I unfortunately did not have my tripod with me. And how do you take pictures with a tripod when the subject is jumping up and down on a trampoline?? Thanks in advance for your advice!


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8/22/2004 7:22:30 PM

 
Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  You can either improve the lighting with some high- powered lams or use your tripod. Carefully aim it for the mid jump "area" and use action shot mode. Then move it to top jump and bottom jump for variation. Or move the tramp outside! Somebody else might have more ideas on settings, but nothing I've tried lets me take pics of things moving in low light.


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8/22/2004 8:28:37 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Diane,
For this type of action, 1/500 sec. or faster would be best to freeze the action without flash (unless you were lucky enough to capture the trampoliners at the extreme summit of elevation, when they were motionless). Then you could get away with a much slower speed.
This would not be possible in low light without a high ISO setting. You can check the lighting by metering in manual mode to see what ISO setting will permit speeds that fast, though grain (noise) may be more prevalent. At 1/500 sec., a tripod is not necessary.
In the last photo, the halo is a result of "ghosting" ... i.e., using flash with a slow shutter speed. What happens is that the flash freezes the action but the shutter remains open a fraction of a second longer than the duration of the flash and allows subsequent movement to register.
Hope this helps.


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8/23/2004 1:12:04 AM

 
Michael Kaplan   There are 2 things you can do:
1) You follow her ups and downs by moving your camera up and down in sync with her. This will allow you to freeze her action with a slower shutter speed and will blur the background which adds to the 'action'. This method is used when photographing car races for example. It gives you a sharp vehicle with a blurred background which adds to the feeling of speed. A bit of practice and you'll be able to get wonderfully sharp pictures.
2) You can do what I do to get movements without blur I bought a 50mm F1.8 lens and shoot at ISO 800. The wider the lens the less light is needed for exposure. By raising the ISO it also allows faster speed. The combination of both can give you all the speed boost you require. I love to shoot concerts, and in order to freeze the dancers, this is what I needed. I did not want to use flash so I would not disturb the performers and the audience, and loved the natural colors from the stage lighting.
You can also combine the 2 methods for great action shots.

Michael Kaplan
Canon EOS-10D
http://www.pbase.com/mkaplan


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8/24/2004 4:50:46 AM

 
Colin    Diane,
I shoot a lot of sports and thought I'd add my 2cents worth. You will need an f2.8 lens to allow more light in. You should also set your camera to T.V. mode, and set your shutter speed to at least 250th.
You should be able to get away with 400 film speed and take your shot at the top of the jump. Also get into a seated position to give your body extra stability ... that angle will also make it easier to deal with the up-down movement of jumping.
Hope it helps you.


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8/25/2004 7:05:40 AM

 
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