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Canon EOS 350D Night Sport Settings[Football]
Hi I am new here and to Photography. My wife had given me a great camera, well, I had really good fun with it in sport mode in the daylight with some great pics [I went beserk having a laptop with me to down load in SLR mode]of our junior football team. BUT.....when I went to do a night game with action shots apart from a very good team photo couldn't get the camera to work properly. It slowed down, over exposed action shots. If gosting is good I got great shots. using a 200mm lense so I can get to around the Half field mark.... If you can picture, green grass, Bright Tunston Lights on a 170m playing field with a very dark background behind the lights.....Photographing across the field????..

Comments (6)

What metering mode did you use?.

What ISO did you use?.

What exposure mode did you use? PhilR...

Comment #1

If I remember well, Sports mode in the 350D uses ISO 1600 and the fastest speed possible, so you already are using the widest aperture the lens allow and the higher ISO speed the camera allows. Obviously light levels were low, so shutter speed was too slow for action. The lens you used was too dark for the task (probably f/5.6 wideopen). It seems you need a faster lens, as a f/2.8 (probably still not fast enough) or a really fast prime as the 135/2L Guillermo..

Comment #2

I was in sport mode for both. Didn't have a guide with me [the book]switched to AV iso 1600, a few shots with tungston and then tried white manual..U know where you shoot at a white area to get white balance.....I totally stuffed it and got that confused. I will have the book with me next time but need a real starting point....

Setting it up isn't bad but a starting point would be good....So I can try again......I am a real novice but this camera I can handle in the daylight, darkness action is getting to me....

Comment #3

Hi Guillermo Double checked the lense, you may have something there, I was using a 4.5-5.6 55-200mm ....It came with a 3.5-5.6 18-55mm I am open for suggestions.

Thankyou..

Comment #4

Frank... hate to tell ya, but 4.5-5.6 just aint gonna cut it for night time sports even at ISO 1600. You have to be able to get a shutter of at least 1/500 to escape motion blur, which is what you are experiencing. For that, you'll need faster glass. Depending on the light, as fast as f/1.8. I have a 1Dmk2 and a 200/1.8 and even with that I'm pushed into ISO 1600 at times in order to get 1/500...

Comment #5

Thankyou very much Paul...will try to borrow for a one off, off a photographer, haven't got the spare cash to buy just yet......

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