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wmd
4th of July 2005 (Mon), 12:03
I've Just bought a S2 IS and I'm wondering what the best settings for taking pictures of race cars on oval tracks ?

Is it better to have it set to auto, TV (what speed ) or AV (what setting)?

Also, should the IS be set to Panning, Shoot only or continuous?

I've tried various options but get good and bad results with all settings, I'm so confused now :confused:

Wayne :)

etaf
4th of July 2005 (Mon), 12:41
you will need different setting depending on how you shot.
I would set myself up on an area, corner and prefocus the camera on a spot where I want to take the photo and then ensure sharpness.
set to TV so I dont have a problem with camera shake
and then pan
thats one way

wmd
4th of July 2005 (Mon), 15:08
So, you would set the IS to Panning?

What would be a good TV setting? as the IS is supossed to take care of camera shake.

ISO is set to 50. Should this be increased or will it introduce noise into the picture?

Wayne :)

etaf
4th of July 2005 (Mon), 15:19
So, you would set the IS to Panning?
You need someone who knows this camera, as I dont the settings - I only know that IS reduces the shutter speed needed to avoid camera shake.

What would be a good TV setting? as the IS is supossed to take care of camera shake.That depends on the focal length you are using - so if you remember as a guide to use 1/effective focal length as a minimum to avoid camera shake - then with IS you can probably afford to reduce the speed by 2 stops - however, that also depends on effect you are after.

ISO is set to 50. Should this be increased or will it introduce noise into the picture?
If you increase you will increase noise however, it is a trade off between noise and being able to take the picture without camera shake, or achieving the effect you are after etc

wmd
4th of July 2005 (Mon), 15:38
I want the cars in focus, not bothered about the background (looks better slightly blurred anyway).

Focal length is 300-400mm (35mm film equilivent)

I'll play with the camera some more. Only had it 2days:)

May have to read the manual again:( and hope I can understand some more of it :confused:

Thanks for your help :)

snowrdr
4th of July 2005 (Mon), 18:38
I posted some track panning shots with my S2 IS in the sports section here. (http://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=82173)
These were taken in Av and Manual modes at 1/200 and 1/400 sec. I had the AF set to continuous and the IS set to panning. You can use P mode to see what the camera selects then switch to Manual to fine tune the speed and aperature. Have fun, post your favorites!!! http://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_mrgreen.gifhttp://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_mrgreen.gifhttp://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_mrgreen.gif

etaf
5th of July 2005 (Tue), 02:46
theres a couple of online books that may help more with the art of photography.
http://www.dpforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1533
http://www.dpforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1543

if you are using a 300-400mm lens then try Tv mode set to 1/500th, hopefully theres enough light available to get the shot, you may have to up the ISO although that will produce more noise

wmd
5th of July 2005 (Tue), 11:25
Great shots, Snowrdr,

Practise, practise, practise and luck :lol:.

Now, just got to find something that moves:confused: