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James E. Narron, Jr.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2006

HS Sports Photography

I'm hoping I can get some advice from anyone out there who's shot HS sports before. I've been shooting my sons lacrosse games which start around 7PM. The first half shots are usually pretty good but once the sun goes down I can't seem to get the settings right to get a decent shot. What I'm looking for is a shot where the action is frozen in the entire frame with no blur. I try upping the ISO but then there's too much grain. I have a flash but I don't think it's strong enough to light up the action on the field even though I'm right down on the track. I've got a Sony DSC a100K and am using mostly using my Sony telephoto lens Telephoto Lens 4.5-5.6/75-300 however I also use the 3.5-5.6/18-70 lens that came with the camera. My macro 2.8/100 doesn't seem to come into much use at the games. Anyway, I also have a Sony flash (Model HVL F36AM) that I haven't had much luck with while shooting the games. I did get a Bogen/Manfrotto Tripod which has helped a lot but still I get some blur especially when it gets darker. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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4/16/2008 2:03:36 PM

Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004

Sports shooting is difficult at best. Especially with the lighting at HS facilities. You can do a search here at BP in the threads and see what has been discussed on this before.

Basically, your lenses are relatively slow for night action photography. 2.8 or faster are really needed to make this work and you will still have to use a high ISO to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action.

Here is a link that discusses the basics; but, there are some things you can do that will help, even with your equipment. It will be difficult to freeze all the action though.

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4/16/2008 3:18:28 PM

James E. Narron, Jr.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2006
  Thanks for the advice!

I'm going to check out if there might be used lenses out there somewhere that I can pick up for my camera to do a bit better job.

Thanks again!

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4/17/2008 10:59:37 AM

James Scott Stone  
James,You can always ask personal at the local camera store if let use a 2.8 lens as a loaners for couple it might me small fee up front it worked for me.

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6/5/2008 8:48:55 PM

Excuse me?

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6/6/2008 6:25:37 AM

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