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Sandy Stigliano
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
 

Best settings for a dog show


I'm lucky enough to have one of the top dogs in the country. she is going to be in the Westminster dog show in Madison Square Garden. I'm going and would like to get some really good shots. Any suggestions as to settings, etc. I have a Canon XTi.


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2/4/2011 2:22:01 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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Congratulations Sandy,
There is no 1 answer as in everything photography, we are capturing light in a box so it always depends on what lighting we have available to work with. Flash (580EX or 430EX) may be an option but I would not count on this and you may need to increase your ISO a bit to keep your shutter speeds fast enough to prevent blur. You have some beautiful images of musicians (BB King, Buddy Guy, etc..) in your gallery and I would use the same approach you use for concert image captures for the dog show. If the dogs are moving I would try to get my minimum shutter speed up around 1/250 or 1/400s.
Do you have a long telephoto lens ?
I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS & a 100-400mm f/4.5L IS and the 70-200 is fantastic at capturing indoor low light images. The 100-400mm is a bit of a light hog but I have used this lens as well for concert photos.
Here is an image I shot at 1/250s and used a panning technique so the head/eyes are in focus while the wings are blurred. I would have needed to shoot at a much faster speed to freeze the wings.
Have fun & Good luck,
Carlton


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2/5/2011 5:15:43 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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Congratulations Sandy,
There is no 1 answer as in everything photography, we are capturing light in a box so it always depends on what lighting we have available to work with. Flash (580EX or 430EX) may be an option but I would not count on this and you may need to increase your ISO a bit to keep your shutter speeds fast enough to prevent blur. You have some beautiful images of musicians (BB King, Buddy Guy, etc..) in your gallery and I would use the same approach you use for concert image captures for the dog show. If the dogs are moving I would try to get my minimum shutter speed up around 1/250 or 1/400s and even faster depending on how fast the dogs are moving.
Do you have a long telephoto lens ?
I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS & a 100-400mm f/4.5L IS. The 70-200 is fantastic at capturing indoor low light images. The 100-400mm is a bit of a light hog and not very fast but I have used this lens as well for concert photos.
Have fun & Good luck,
Carlton


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2/5/2011 5:19:22 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Congratulations Sandy,
There is no 1 answer as in everything photography, we are capturing light in a box so it always depends on what lighting we have available to work with. Flash (580EX or 430EX) may be an option but I would not count on this and you may need to increase your ISO a bit to keep your shutter speeds fast enough to prevent blur. You have some beautiful images of musicians (BB King, Buddy Guy, etc..) in your gallery and I would use the same approach you use for concert image captures for the dog show. If the dogs are moving I would try to get my minimum shutter speed up around 1/250 or 1/400s and even faster depending on how fast the dogs are moving.
Do you have a long telephoto lens ?
I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS & a 100-400mm f/4.5L IS. The 70-200 is fantastic at capturing indoor low light images. The 100-400mm is a bit of a light hog and not very fast but I have used this lens as well for concert photos.
Have fun & Good luck,
Carlton


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2/5/2011 5:19:37 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  I apologize there are 3 reply posts as I only hit submit once after the option of displaying an existing image would not pop up, I edited my original post, then hit submit. ???


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2/5/2011 5:23:29 PM

 
Sandy Stigliano
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  Thank you for responding Carlton. Yes I do have 2 telephoto lenses I will be taking with me. The longer on is not as fast as the other, so I'm going to try both. I do have a Nissin Di866 flash I can bring also.


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2/6/2011 10:25:24 AM

 
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