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Tina Woods
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006

Shooting a Bodybuilding Competition

Hello. I have recently shot 2 bodybuilding competitions and notice that the circumstances are quite difficult to capture. Many images look very orange and lack detail. Can you offer any suggetions as far as camera settings, lenses, etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Tina Woods

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7/7/2007 12:48:45 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  The orange is from the wrong light balance and the fake tan spray. If you're missing detail you blurred them from a slow shutter speed most likely. Use a wide aperture so you use the overhead stage lights.
I'm guessing those kind of things are lit with lights directly overhead to accent the muscle definition.

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7/7/2007 1:31:30 PM

Tina Woods
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  Thank you Greg for your response. I will use your advice at the next show I shoot. The competitors are on a school auditorium stage with intense lighting on their bodies which over covered in orange/brown paint. The last 2 shows I shot from the foot of the stage, but I was thinking that for my next show I will rent the canon telephoto lens 24-700 IS 2.8, so that I can stay at a distance and possibly shoot from a higher elevation. My concern is that in that circumstance, I will not be able to use a flash, but do not think it is necessily needed if I get the setting rights. How wide should I open my aperature? I am afraid that if it is too wide, my depth of field will be shallow and when there is more than 1 competitor on stage, some may be out of focus. Also, any iso speed reccomendations? Thanks so much,

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7/8/2007 10:49:06 AM

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