View Full Version : Friday night football w/ flash

24th of October 2008 (Fri), 23:49
My referee crew had this Friday night off. I went to shoot a game of a couple of officials in my association. This is only my 2nd time shooting night football with flash. I used Sauk's advice on getting the flash over the camera (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=6506994&postcount=36). Here are a few. I had a couple more that I liked, but the ball wasn't in the picture. The jpeg compression took it's toll on these. They are much sharper in RAW.





28th of October 2008 (Tue), 09:11
JPEG didn't make these less sharp. Resizing might have, but JPEG doesn't do that. Good outing anyway for ya though. Just remember when you resize, you need to resharpen. Cheers.

28th of October 2008 (Tue), 10:21
I like the first shot. Wish exif was present.

I agree with Mark, jpeg doesn't make your picture less sharp. People say to apply extra sharpening after resize but I have no issues by not even doing it.

28th of October 2008 (Tue), 14:38
Exif for #1. I didn't save them through Photoshop and I forgot that the Exif data gets stripped. Anyway, here it is.

70-200 2.8IS @ 105mm
FEC +1/3
High Speed Sync

28th of October 2008 (Tue), 15:20
I have zero real world experience shooting football with flash, but why ISO 1600? I thought some of the chief benefits of using flash was the ability to shoot with a lower ISO, slower shutter speed and relying on the flash to stop action.

#1 and 2 look nice exposure-wise, but it seems you could have setup the flash to overpower the ambient light a little more in the following images.

28th of October 2008 (Tue), 15:36
Really nice! If I could get just 2 shots like that I'd be tickled. =)

You were using your 40D?

28th of October 2008 (Tue), 17:26
I would loose HSS. Use 1/250 at lower ISO. Flash in manual mode. At my fields even with ISO800 and f4, I get ambient bleeding in and causing blurring. I will try lower ISO this weekend.

28th of October 2008 (Tue), 18:11
Thanks for the tips everyone. I'll try it differently next time.

29th of October 2008 (Wed), 12:01
these look pretty good to be honest. No ghosting which is nice and solid effort.

I think a tighter crop could help and a touch of fill light as well.