Action Shots in low light with no flash -- is it even possible?
Is it possible to use a digital camera (Canon S45) and shoot action shots night time football games without using the flash and capture action shots that have enough light in the picture to be usable for posting to the Web? I can get non-blurry shots, I just can't get them with enough light, becasue I don't want the flash to distract the kids. If this is possible with a digicam, can you indicate the settings I should use to accomplish this? Regards, Bill K..

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Hi Bill, I see that the S45 has a max ISO setting of 400. And the higher the ISO, the faster the camera can gather the light. My camera will go to ISO 1600 by "binning" surrounding pixels, sacrificing resolution. The results, for my taste, are less than impressive. One obtains a grainy picture, with false colors, making for a lousy picture. The best I can suggest, short of using a flash, is to shoot at the lowest ISO that will render a decent picture for the movement/lighting in the scene.


Comment #1

I doubt you will find it to be particularly satisfying for that kind of shots. There just isn't the available light (besides, unless you add a major flash and get field access, the flash won't add much). To freeze action you'd need fast pictures and the highest ISO the camera will give. this just isn't a great tool for that job. To get really "good" shots you'd likely need a fast lens (f1.8, etc.) and 800 or higher iso's - which usually means film or digital slrs...

Comment #2

Thank you, Mike and Craig, for your responses. I appreciate the input, it's good to know just so I don't go crazy thinking it's all me. (Most of it is, but not all of it :>}) It looks like I need to keep trying, and evn then Craig might be right. Time to make friends with the pros who come to the games and get them to send me some shots. I'll post some of my shots next Monday if you're curious as to how I did. BTW, I do have field accesss (it's only high school!!) but even then they were dark.

Thanks again.. Bill..

Comment #3

For those that happen to read this are 3 different pics I have. The first one (this one) is taken with the S50. As I stated in the earlier posts, I just wasn't happy with the lighting without flash. The next two are actually taken with a Sony FSC-717. I'm quite certain that a lot of my problems with the S50 were from inexperience.. surely there can't be that big a difference? FWIW, I don't have the S50 anymore, I took it back before my 14 day return policy expired.


Comment #4

Here is a shot with the Sony F717. A non action shot. Different playing field. Many would argue that it is overexposed(? right), but I'll take it. I found the shutter speed dial on the Sony to be pretty intuitive to use, when I was in Manual mode, which this and the next pic are taken. comments on tis pic vs.



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Here's the last one.. I believe this was shot at 400, but I could be wrong. I understand now what increasing the ISO to 800 does to the pics they are not bad for me, but Sports Illustrated would not be calling. The F717 has a high range of 800 ISO, with 2.0/2.4 f on the wide and zoom respectably, which I liked the specs on because an earlier post suggested even f1.8 would be required. If I could combine the fetures of the S50 with the Sony F717, I would really love this camera. As it is, I really like the camera.

To me, that is ideal less trying to get that one perfect action shot. The Sony has a buffer limitation and maxes out at 3 shots while you hold down the shutter. And the mode on the F717 where it takes 16 small pics and combines them into a moving image within the camera? totally useless what's the purpose? when you donwnload to the pc, you get one picture with 16 quadrants. At least save them all to .gifs so I could animate then if I wanted to. Appreciate any feedback on any of these 3 pics.

THe S50 has 3x optical and the F717 5x the Sony wins again.. Attachments:.


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