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Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
 

Photographs of swimmers


 
 
I'd like to take more photographs of my daughter swimming during her team practices. So far if I use flash I get alot of ugly hot spots (no I do not own an external flash) and end up doing a lot of cloning to get rid of the distractions, if I don't use flash they are too dark.
Any advice?


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6/22/2005 8:21:13 AM

 

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  Hi Susan,

Thanks for asking this question. Both of my kids are in swimming (just started summer practice again today). Last year, I did not even get one good shot of their meets, dives, practice, etc. I am a huge fan of their swimming and would love to get better images. I am looking forward to hearing any advice our members have on "pictures of people swimming".

Thanks,
Heather Young
heather at betterphoto.com


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6/22/2005 8:31:50 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Susan, I know you are saving up to buy a new camera. That might be the only way to solve this problem. You need something to diffuse the flash and that is easiest done with an accessory flash unit. You might try putting something over the flash on your camera - like gause, to diffuse it a bit. Alsom try bumping up the ISO and shoot w/o flash. Good luck.


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6/22/2005 12:45:31 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  Susan - I'm not sure whether this is taken with film or with a digital. In any event, lose the flash and increase the film [ISO] speed.

I took pictures of my son's swimming meets for 13 years [he started at age four;] never used flash indoors or out. The main reason was that, while I wanted to freeze the action to some degree, I also wanted to show the swimming speed by fuzzy splashing of the water, etc.

in this picture, I don't know know how you took a flash picture at 1/1000 sec. In any event, that's overkill.


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6/22/2005 1:37:08 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
  Thanks so much for the advice John and Kerry, I still have so much to learn about the technical side of photograph I just hope it won't be a lost cause. The only thing I feel confident about is my eye for composition. Hopefully I've salvaged this photograph enough to atleast be a snapshot in my album or better yet I'll just try again and take a better one!


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6/22/2005 8:45:06 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
  I think my camera only goes to ISO 400, but it does have an auto setting too. Not sure if that allows it to go highter.
John, I don't know how I manage to do a lot of the things I do! That's an issue I really need to correct!


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6/22/2005 8:59:23 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
 
 
 
My camera will only go to ISO 400.
All these shots were shot at that, f/8.
I'm posting them unretouched straight out of the camera. Still not very happy with the results, so hopefully I can "fix" some of them.
Where am I going wrong? Or is my camera uncapable of doing what I'm looking for?


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6/24/2005 7:29:02 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Sad to say but I think it is your camera. Without a higher ISO or a wider aperature, I am afraid you are out of luck w/o using flash.


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6/24/2005 7:36:38 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
  I was afraid you was going to say that Kerry. Since I can't get my new camera real soon, maybe I can get a flash that will work on the sony and the new camera (canon or nikon) I want to get?


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6/24/2005 7:58:16 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I am not real familiar with your camera (except to say that it has a good lens - Zeiss). If it has a hot shoe, it can use any accessory flash. If I were you, I would decide which camera I wanted to buy and get the flash to match it, or get one with a changeable module (I know Promaster does). It won't match your camera for TTL dedication (if that is even available on your camera) but it will work in either manual or normal auto mode. Good luck.


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6/24/2005 8:20:51 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
  Thanks Kerry, I really appreciate your help!


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6/24/2005 7:27:50 PM

 
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