342. Stadium Seats Are Not For Photographers

by Ricardo December. 08, 2010 4950 views

My brother plays football in a local team, and today i decided to go watch and do some snaps. Out of 100 i got only these good.

Technical reviews:
I didn't use flash neither tripod.
I set the iso not too high so that it didn't get very noisy.
I tried to use some settings to get the better result i could.
But somehow the camera only stopped the shot when the person stops moving. Why that?
anyways, i hope next time i'll get better results, and maybe i'll have a tripod already, but if anyone have suggestions, i appreciate it!

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Pandka 6 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Nagy László 6 years, 9 months ago

Great post!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Christa 6 years, 9 months ago

Também já passei por situações destas e são bastante frustrantes (tirei centenas no concerto dos U2 e só sairam algumas e mesmo assim fraquitas). No entanto gosto da sensação de movimento, principalmente na 1 e 3.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gregg Maretka 6 years, 9 months ago

better to have shots than none at all....not easy to do...but i know you will conquer this........

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Yokai 6 years, 9 months ago

Interesting & unique shots!!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
David Cardona 6 years, 9 months ago

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Andrea 6 years, 9 months ago

Very interesting, love it!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Walter 6 years, 9 months ago

Better have noise than no photo! :-)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kate 6 years, 9 months ago

Well done - its not an easy subject and your post has certainly generated some good advice

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 9 months ago

Limit the camera motion some how. And don't be affaird of high ISO. I have used 3200 with good results. And many time your sports setting works well and takes rapid fire! This works well shooting birds in flight also. I really like #1 and #3. Is that your brother?

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 9 months ago

I like the idea of nouvement of 1.
You can photograph in gusts(bursts), or with the mode sport, but sometimes the noise can have some charm

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Livelovelaugh 6 years, 9 months ago

I have the same problem. I was just thinking on how to get better shots at night too. I kinda like the movement in these. :)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jarvo Laysell 6 years, 9 months ago

Neat shots Ricky. And well done for daring to talk about photography on you blog, there's just not enough of that about on PB. I tip my hat to you.

You might be able to get brighter images by opening up the aperture more. But the two drawbacks to that are that it narrows the depth of focus and the lenses that will do this the best tend to be very expensive. A monopod might help too.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Amber 6 years, 9 months ago

Pretty good :)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 6 years, 9 months ago

I like the motion in #1, the lack of movement in #2, and the shine of the rain in #4. Great post - I'm sure your brother liked them all!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 6 years, 9 months ago

Nice!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Dave 6 years, 9 months ago

Try moving closer if possible and rest your camera or your body against something solid. Many arenas around here don't allow flash but if you can, try it. Position yourself so you are about 2/3 or 3/4 toward one end of the stadium looking across at the goal. Set the shutter speed to fast. I used these ideas in ice hockey arenas and outdoor soccer with some good results but I think that I had brighter lighting.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Raymond David Gonzalez 6 years, 9 months ago

Those were pretty tough conditions. I've never taken action shots at night, but I don't know if using a fast shutter speed would help? A longer shutter speed might give some cool effects though...def check the continuous autofocus too. Again, I've never taken nighttime action shots so I probably wouldn't be the best at giving advice on this...

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 9 months ago

Interesting shots! Difficult at night!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 6 years, 9 months ago

Nice.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Claire 6 years, 9 months ago

nice !!!!!!!!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 9 months ago

No tips from me ... but there are some people on here who do great with sports shots... they'll show up and help you out! That's one of the best things about PB!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Amir Honarmand 6 years, 9 months ago

@ricky: Thanks,

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Amir Honarmand 6 years, 9 months ago

@girafferacing: I think sometimes the noise in photo has it's own beauty and make it look different

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 9 months ago

@Pedar: my current camera is Nikon D3000 :) you can see in the exif

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Amir Honarmand 6 years, 9 months ago

thanks for sharing, then you got Camera and these are not taken by N73 :D what you got bro? I changed my CoolPix L100 and now I have a Canon EOS 500D what is yours?

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 6 years, 9 months ago

PS I forgot to say, a tripod won't help much in these conditions - it'll stop your movement but it won't stop the subject of your photo moving! ;-)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 6 years, 9 months ago

I like the sense of movement in no.1 - you were really up against the conditions though.

Does your camera have some sort of continuous focus mode (on Canons it's called AI Servo mode - I'm not sure what you shoot with). That's the best bet for action shooting as the camera continuously refocuses on the subject. I know noise can be a problem but it's usually better to increase the ISO as noise can be reduced in post processing but a blurred shot can't be fixed on the computer! I don't know if any of that helps but that's what I do when shooting motorsport. :-)

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