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Mary A. Harris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2005

HELP with action shots

Hi everyone! I have a small problem I know this is probably a stupid question but here is goes I have a rebel xt and I'm using the 17-85mm with built in stablizer. I'm wanting to shoot some drag racing cars using the panning method and when I slow down my camera speed I get nothing but over exposure, these pictures are all being shot in very brite sun light can anyone help with what the proper setting should be? PLEASE

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7/14/2006 12:49:15 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  You might be slowing your shutter too much, or you're not adjusting your aperture to balance the exposure. When you slow down your shutter speed, you need to close down your aperture also to keep the exposure correct.

If you're shooting in Manual mode, check your camera's meter to see if it indicates an over-exposure, and close down the aperture until it indicates a proper exposure.

Make sure your ISO is set to 100. Try shooting in Av mode. Start with your aperture set to the highest f/stop (probably f/22 or f/32). Half-press the shutter to see what shutter speed the camera selects. If the shutter speed is too slow, open the aperture until you get the speed you want.

If your smallest aperture doesn't give you a slow enough shutter speed for panning, then it must be a very bright day indeed. In this case, you could try either using a neutral density filter to cut down the light, or wait for some clouds.

Good luck,
Chris A. Vedros

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7/14/2006 2:19:07 PM

Mary A. Harris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2005
  Thanks for such good detailed advice I really appreciate it. Yes it was a very very brite day so I will try your advise see what I get thats so much for your time.


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7/14/2006 2:29:25 PM

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