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member since: 2/16/2004

Olympus OM10 with Indoor Basketball Shots

I need to know how to take great pictures inside a gym for basketball. I have an Olympus OM10 and a 2x lens adapter on a normal 50mm lens. I do not understand about the apature settings. Can you help me?

3/5/2004 10:08:14 AM

Jon Close
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member since: 5/18/2000
  Do you have the user manual for your camera? If not you can download it free from

Gyms are relatively dim and you'll want shutter speeds of 1/90 or more to stop action. Use high speed film (ISO 800 or 1600). To get the highest shutter speed you can, set the aperture to its maximum opening (the smallest f/number) and the shutter for AUTO. You cannot manually select shutter speeds with the OM-10 unless you have the optional Manual Adaptor.

3/5/2004 11:29:06 AM


member since: 2/16/2004
  Thank you. No I don't have the users manual. I will try to download it. Thanks you very much for your response. I'm ignorant when it comes to a camera that is not point and shoot.
Thanks again.

3/5/2004 12:36:38 PM

Jordi Trilla

member since: 5/26/2003
  Dear Sue,

For many years I had been taking pictures of a basketball team, using a Olympus OM2. The best way I found to do this work, was usig 400 ISO film, a 28-70 zoom lens, and using a flash (as powerful as you can get)

Shooting good photos during a basketball game isn't easy at all. Sit down (or get on your nees) besides a basket, set your focus around the line of the free shoots or shorter (sorry, I don't know the terminology in English), and set your flash at hight power to get some more field deepness.

Then, be READY! Observe the game, but not trough the lens, follow the play and shoot BEFORE the spectacular action actually happens!! This is the only way to catch it... if not you'll quickly notice your pictures show the action after what you wanted to picture... the ball isn't in your photo, etc... Experience is almost everything. Then, if possible, start changing your points of view to get different pictures of the players.

Good luck! (And sorry again for my awful English)

Jordi Trilla

3/9/2004 2:57:27 AM


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