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Dec 08, 2012 17:52 |  #1

Hey There, so I recently started doing sports photography at my high school. The lens I have is the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto so it's not the best. I do get a large amount of noise in the images. I have Lightroom but I can't seem to make the image perfect, with all of the settings with Noise Reduction and Detail.
Please tell me what I can do to improve my images

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Dec 08, 2012 19:00 |  #2

Posting the image directly in the thread might help you get more feedback. Many people won't bother to click on to an external site to view the images.

Hockey is a tough sport to shoot with difficult lighting conditions. You did a great job of having the puck in each shot and catching good moments. The first shot is way off focus. Your focus locked on to the boards in the background. The second shot is also out of focus. The third and fourth shots are in focus and good shots, though not peak action. Keep at it, your off to a good start.


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Dec 08, 2012 19:14 as a reply to  @ 900spg's post |  #3

Ok, thank you so much. That is exactly what I needed to know.
I tried to post them on here but they looked huge on the page.


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Dec 08, 2012 21:29 |  #4

Looking at the shots, I'd say you simply have to accept the limitations of your equipment, shoot lots and expect a low keeper rate. Your technique looks good as far as framing and exposure goes, as does your shot anticipation (always important). The best shots from those you posted are good, so as I said, shoot plenty and keep only the best.

If you intend to get serious, practice and experience will improve your keeper rate, and then you'll have to think about upgrading to something like a 7D or 5D3 and faster lenses. Money, money, money!


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Dec 09, 2012 00:41 |  #5

sadly money is the thing Im out of


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Dec 09, 2012 02:51 |  #6

as they stated above try and catch the peak of the action ie for hockey whether its a goalie sprawling for a save a shot being taken a move being made etc. for example look at my pic this is just me sitting there taking shots until i catch one right at that moment he made contact with the puck. having problems with pic uploading i have it posted on my fb at www.facebook.com/photo​.php?fbid=494673357210​851&set=a.491917917486​395.120634.49190904415​3949&type=3&theater (external link)
That should take you to the exact pic im speaking of.




  
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Dec 09, 2012 03:57 |  #7

Timesnotforgotten wrote in post #15344000 (external link)
as they stated above try and catch the peak of the action ie for hockey whether its a goalie sprawling for a save a shot being taken a move being made etc. for example look at my pic this is just me sitting there taking shots until i catch one right at that moment he made contact with the puck. having problems with pic uploading i have it posted on my fb at www.facebook.com/photo​.php?fbid=494673357210​851&set=a.491917917486​395.120634.49190904415​3949&type=3&theater (external link)
That should take you to the exact pic im speaking of.

Shot anticipation seems OK here. I won't bother looking at your shot, thanks.


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Dec 09, 2012 04:27 as a reply to  @ Steve of Cornubia's post |  #8

Not sure what camera settings you are using but from my limited experience Ice Hockey is quite a fast sport so a fairly fast shutter speed will help eliminate any speed blur. Using the AF in Servo mode you need to allow the camera a moment to track what you want to focus on before you start shooting. I'd have the camera in continuous shutter mode. As Steve said, shoot lots and expect a low keeper rate. I'm happy when photographing my sons rugby matches if I get 10% good captures.

As for the lens, I have used the same lens on my 1100d (Rebel T3 in the US) and have caught some sharp pictures of my sighthound at full speed in poor light, so there's no reason why with a bit of practice you shouldn't get some really good shots with that lens.




  
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