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Shooting Outdoor Sports - Not sure which settings to use
Any direction or feedback is greatly appreciated. I am a beginner and want to improve my shooting of my kids sports events. (baseball and softball) I am using the following equipment:.

Canon 40DCanon 70-200 4LCanon 85mm 1.8 (too far away to use I believe).

I have set my camera on the following settings:.

AV modeAWBISO 4004.0 ApertureAI Servo AFCenter Weighted Balancing Meter Mode.

Everything I have read or properties of other photo's have lead me in this direction. Is there anything I am missing or would you suggest other settings?.

Thank you for reading this post...

Comments (14)

The obvious question to ask is what shutter speeds are you getting at those settings? If they are not high enough try a higher ISO but I would expect ISO 400 would be high enough for good light outdoors..

Not being a Canon man I would guess Av is Aperture Priority. I would say use Shutter Priority. Shutter speed is your priority..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

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Comment #1

Now that we have your settings, we need an idea of the results..

Are you happy with them? If so, you're good to go..

If not, what is it about your photographs that leaves you dissatisfied...

Comment #2

Thank you for the responses. I will take some shots tonight and then post for assitance...

Comment #3

If we're talking about evening games, the relative lack of light tends to change things drastically, like being willing to accept underexposure in order to keep the shutter speed fast...

Comment #4

I get better results using evaluative plus some ec over using CW..

Better yet if the light is consistant, blue sky, grey sky etc... shoot in manual. If you're shooing jpegs, pick a WB it will save you time in the end..

I tend to like the "sunny" setting even on overcast (bright overcast) days..

If shooting RAW then use whatever..

I would advise AGAINST using Tv, because depending on SS you've selected and ISO you might end up with the lens stopped down to F8 or more which does not make for a good shot unless it's a group shot or you really want to see the parents on the other side of the field digging their nose or worse .

Practice, have fun..

Gene..

Comment #5

I use basically the same settings on my Nikon D80 with a 55-200 F4.0/5.6 VR lens. I wish I had the 70-300mm for a little extra reach across the field..

Besides using the A mode, I have also been using the M mode with auto ISO. I pick my A and S and the camera picks the ISO to correct exposure.A is set to widest, S about 1/500, and it works great..

I dont know if your Canon has this auto ISO mode, but look for it and try it..

Ed..

Comment #6

I was hoping to shoot tonight, but it's hard to coach and shoot at the same time..

I'll give these various settings a go later in the week and then post the results..

I appreciate the support out there..

Matt..

Comment #7

Chris Elliott wrote:.

The obvious question to ask is what shutter speeds are you getting atthose settings? If they are not high enough try a higher ISO but Iwould expect ISO 400 would be high enough for good light outdoors..

Not being a Canon man I would guess Av is Aperture Priority. I wouldsay use Shutter Priority. Shutter speed is your priority..

For sports, it is generally better to shoot in Aperture Priority, since it will give you the maximum shutter speed and still properly expose. If you set your shutter speed, you can have one of three options,.

1) correct aperture is wide open - good.

2) correct aperture is stopped down - bad, you could have gotten a faster shutter speed.3) correct aperture is larger than the lens - very bad, you just underexposed..

Note, Canon doesn't have a true auto-ISO, so Shutter Priority doesn't work so well for sports...

Comment #8

M Corich wrote:.

Any direction or feedback is greatly appreciated. I am a beginner andwant to improve my shooting of my kids sports events. (baseball andsoftball) I am using the following equipment:.

Canon 40DCanon 70-200 4LCanon 85mm 1.8 (too far away to use I believe).

I have set my camera on the following settings:.

AV modeAWBISO 4004.0 ApertureAI Servo AFCenter Weighted Balancing Meter Mode.

Everything I have read or properties of other photo's have lead me inthis direction. Is there anything I am missing or would you suggestother settings?.

The only thing to remember is that you will need to change your ISO depending on the light conditions. If you are shooting during the day, ISO 400 should be OK, but at night games, you will need at least ISO 1600 or more. Remember, you are looking for a shutter speed of at least 1/500 to stop motion. I personally like to get at least 1/800, but it really depends on the action that is being captured..

All your other settings are OK for day games. For night games, you may want to do a custom WB depending on the lighting used...

Comment #9

I went to ball field and took some shots. It was very overcast. I shot with my 40D and the 70-200 4/L..

I am a newb with an interest in taking shots of my kids. I am really just starting out. Given those excuses, I would appreciate any feedback that might assist me in taking better pictures..

I am looking at getting a monopod to assist with vibration and if I show any signs at all of being able to take good shots, I might invest in the 70-200mm 2.8 IS. (unless someone talks me out of it)..

Both my kids play sports. Son plays baseball, football and basketball. My daughter plays softball and basketball. Ages are 10 and 7. I right this because I want someone to tell me to invest in the lens!!! .

Thanks in advance..

Matthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/23833556@N03/sets/72157604938250026..

Comment #10

Those look good to me!.

You don't need any help, and you don't *need* a 2.8 lens, as you're already taking some nice shots with the 4..

Now, if you *want* the 2.8, by all means...don't let me stop you!..

Comment #11

Does the 40D have a litle "sports" symbol onthe mode dial?.

If so, tryusingthis..

Or, without the little symbol, use manual exposure for our sports shots,.

Once you set the exposure, if the light does not change, your exposures will be consistent as you zoom the lens, getting more or less of, forinstance, black sweaters that would change the exposure with any autoexposure mode..

Hats, incidentally, always shade faces and are a pain in baseball pictures..

BAK..

Comment #12

In such circumstances I usualy use shutter priority together with Auto ISO..

Edvinas..

Comment #13

Ed Grenzig wrote:.

Besides using the A mode, I have also been using the M mode with autoISO. I pick my A and S and the camera picks the ISO to correctexposure.A is set to widest, S about 1/500, and it works great..

I dont know if your Canon has this auto ISO mode, but look for itand try it..

Canon can't do that. Only Nikon and Pentax cameras are able to do that..

Edvinas..

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