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Mary B. McGrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/11/2000

Digital portraits at an ice rink

I'm going to be doing some portraits of a skater at an ice rink soon. I've got a Canon Digital Rebel XT. Any suggestions on lighting, White Balance, ISO, aperature and flash? I usually shoot on "P", and auto white balance with my Speedite flash for my outdoor shots, which has worked well, but this scenario poses some new challenges.


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8/14/2005 10:40:09 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Indoor sports are an extremely hard thing to shoot! My son races motocross and it is just terrible! The key is a very nice speedlite and a very very fast lens. Since your subject will not move quite as fast as a motocross bike you might have some luck. You will need a lens with at least a 2.8 . I don't know if you have shot many fast moving subjects but I would recommend the sports setting. This setting will follow/track your subject it really seems to be the only way to catch the action that I have found on very fast moving subjects. The light and speed will be the main issues so if you have access to a very powerful speedlite then you should be ok. Hopefully they will not dim the lights during the action!! :o)

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8/14/2005 10:31:18 PM

Mary B. McGrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/11/2000
I think she's mainly going to be posing for me, which should be ok. I might try a few settings, and see which one looks best. What film speed with a flash?
200? 400? Flash will set automatically. I wasn't happy with my hockey shots. Grainy and not real sharp. Probably should have had it on the sports mode, and not P.
Thanks for your input.

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8/14/2005 11:37:26 PM

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