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Wendy Wyatt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/22/2008

Lighting indoor arenas

To photograph rodeo events at indoor arenas, do you need the strobes around the arena synched (slaved) to your camera, or can you get away with a Canon Mark II EOS 1D and a Speedlite 580EXII. If so, what settings would you use to stop motion without being too grainy?

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6/25/2012 7:56:15 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Are you talking about stobes mounted in the ceiling, like at NBA games? If you are than yes.
You could use a speedlite, but you would be limited to how far you could shoot and where in the arena the horses and stuff would be, and the pictures would look different.
You could still freeze motion, but if you've seen photos where someone used a hot shoe flash for sports, and you had the bright area with the straight on shadow, with the dark background, you may end up with that. Like in this photo.

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6/25/2012 8:53:00 AM

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