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Jeannie M. Deno

member since: 8/31/2007
 

How to Shoot Volleyball in a Gym?


 
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I have a Canon Digital Rebel 350D xt, and I am shooting volleyball in a gym. I am clueless on what to set my camera on. I have a Sigma lens 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG and a Sigma DG 70-300mm 1:4-5.6. Can anyone help me please? Thanks!

11/14/2007 6:37:33 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
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member since: 3/17/2005
  Do a key word search here (top right corner of the page) "shooting basketball" or "basketball" or "indoor sports" or words to that effect.

One problem you have is your lens is too short a focal length. Shooting indoors, you need fast, long lenses unless you can get right down on the sidelines. You also should try using a reasonably powerful flash (on a bracket and with the coach's permission)). Try working at ISO 400 or so.

With longer glass you need more camera support (or more light) so for kicks, get a tripod or monopod, pan the action and work off that to stabilize the camera at slower shutter speeds and elminate some of the softness in your images. You can usually stop most action at 1/125th of a second or so. Gives those things a try and see what happens.
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OK? Now, Attention BP members !!!! The BP athletic committee was VERY disappointed in the turnout for the annual BP triathalon. So, EVERYONE OUTSIDE FOR VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE IN 10 MINUTES...AND LET'S SNAP IT UP !!!
Thanks. ;>)
Mark

11/14/2007 7:15:40 PM

 
T Michaels

member since: 10/7/2007
  Shooting in gyms is a challenge. First, a fast lens is essential. F2.8 throughout or faster, and then bump your ISO up to 400 or so like Mark mentioned. If you encounter a dark floor, it gets even harder. I like to be at 1/200 to 1/320 F2.8 and, hopefully, ISO 200, but 400 if needed. If you like Sigma, consider their EX 28-70 F2.8 lens. Though it is short on focal length, you can crop pretty deep with the 350D, and it is pretty easy on the wallet. If you like to spend, get the Canon 70-200 2.8L, it is everything the cost tells you it should be. Sigma's EX series and Tokina's ATX Pro are fast lenses for not too much money, and good quality to boot. Hope that helps! Good luck shooting - Tom

11/14/2007 7:53:53 PM

 
Jon Close
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member since: 5/18/2000
  Before spending $$$ on f/2.8 zooms or f/2 telephoto, make sure you're getting the most out of your current set-up. Which exposure mode are you using? If Sports (running man icon), the 350D limits you to ISO 400 and AUTO ISO. ISO 400 is not giving you fast enough shutter speed to stop motion blur of the players, and AUTO WB (auto white balance) is not getting the color balance right for the gym's lighting. Instead, use one of the "creative" exposure modes - P, Av, Tv, M. In these modes, you can manually set a higher ISO to get faster shutter speed. The 350D gives pretty good performance even at ISO 800 and 1600. You can also select the white balance to better match the gym lighting (try Fluorescent or Custom WB). You can adjust the Picture Style and parameters to boost sharpening, contrast, and color saturation. And you can select that the camera save the image files as RAW, so that you can "post-process" them to get better sharpness, less noise and better color, rather than leaving it to the puny in-camera processor that creates the JPEG files.

11/15/2007 5:57:58 AM

 
Jeannie M. Deno

member since: 8/31/2007
  THANK YOU SO MUCH THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE NOW THAT YOU SAY THAT. I need to play with the WB and the ISO on the next games and see what I can come up with. Also I think that I will use my longer lense I do have a mono pod or a tripod. I can't wait to try it out.
Thanks again
Jeannie Deno
this board has been so helpful I just want you all to know that.

11/15/2007 3:04:17 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/17/2005
  Thanks Jeannie ! Jon's much more hip to this digital stuff. But I'm sure we both appreciate your appreciations.
Mark

11/15/2007 6:41:57 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  I have just purchased the 105, 2.8 and anxious to try it ~ My friend has one and she encouraged me to get one. after seeing her work, decided that's what I would do. I shoot with Nikon D50

jo ann c.

11/20/2007 6:42:34 AM

 
Jackson Yw Wong

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Hi Jeannie
My friend has a 350, sett he ISO at 1600, Tv no slower than 200, otherwise the ball will be blur and Click away, you might need Photoshop or other program to brighten the pictures. I have the Canon 30D, and here are a few pic after brightening, you get a nice 4 by 6 print, even 8 by 10

11/20/2007 5:22:42 PM

 
Jeannie M. Deno

member since: 8/31/2007
  I am check out the Canon EF 28mm f1.8 USM that is the one I am leaning towards right now, in doing alot of searching on product that one sounds like it might be the one.
Thanks for all the help on this board I am so excited to get going on this.
Jeannie Deno

11/21/2007 3:53:52 AM

 

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