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Using Flash at Night Games
Hi All,.

What a great forum. So many good folks gathered in one place  I just started shooting night football games since my son is playing and I shot all of last year without a flash which I'm sure, cost me some good shots. Question is, what is the proper protocol for obtaining permission to use flash. Do you ask the coaches of both teams or only the home team coach. Is it a generally accepted practice? Here is a link to a short tutorial that really got me wondering about the possibilities:http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/3737879.

Thanks all,GlobalMapper..

Comments (6)

Ypur real question should be whether or not a flash would make any difference..

Tell us what lenses you use, and where you shoot from sidelines, in the stands, ...??? Camera style, and even model, would help. And most important, what kind of flash..

As for portocol just go take your pictures until someone tries to stop you..

BAK..

Comment #1

Hi, I have never thought of this setup but it seams like it could work. I am a photojournalist for a newspaper and have shot many sports activities. The only question I have is do you run up and down the field chasing the activity with the whole setup, stand flash and camera. How do you capture activity with camera on stand? I have enough problems with hand held camera on bracket..

I use flash on bracket, and camera on bracket simple but effictive.Let the light in!.

Comment #2

GlobalMapper wrote:.

Hi All,.

What a great forum. So many good folks gathered in one place  Ijust started shooting night football games since my son is playingand I shot all of last year without a flash which I'm sure, cost mesome good shots. Question is, what is the proper protocol forobtaining permission to use flash. Do you ask the coaches of bothteams or only the home team coach. Is it a generally acceptedpractice? Here is a link to a short tutorial that really got mewondering about the possibilities:http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/3737879.

Thanks all,GlobalMapper.

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Comment #3

Last year I was shooting with a Canon XTi Rebel and a Canon 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS telephoto zoom lens on a Manfrotto monopod from the sidelines. Plenty of reach but too slow. I had to shoot with the lens wide open and the camera set at the highest ISO. The still shots were great but most of my action shots were blurred. I sold the Rebel and bought a 40D which I plan to mate with a 70-200L IS f2.8 when the season draws nearer. I'm hoping the faster lens (and maybe the flash) will help. I currently have a Canon 430 EX Speedlite.GlobalMapper..

Comment #4

Walt,.

I plan on using the rig to work the sidelines. Being there allows you to become immersed in the energy of the game and I find that inspiring. I shot off a monopod last year and had no trouble with composition just blurred shots resulting from an improper setup. Good Luck.GlobalMapper..

Comment #5

The faster lens will help. The flash may help a bit getting some light under helmets. The monopod will add some stability and make it easier to hold up through the game but the shutter speeds needed? Probably won't do much for you there. You have to trade some loss of mobility against the weight off your arms...

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