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six3onei
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May 22, 2013 12:32 |  #1

Hello,
So this weekend my uncle would like me to take some pictures of his middle school basketball team as they play. I told him I never shot sports before but ill give it a try. I know I'm limited with what I can do since the gear I have (T3i, and the lens) but Ill like to make the best of what I have.

My plans are to use my 55-250mm lens. So most of the shots would be at f/5.6
I plan to shot in Manual mode to keep the f/stop at 5.6. and shutter 1/400 or 1/500 (maybe ISO at 800 i hope...) I'm hoping the lights in the gym will be bright so the setting above wont be dark.

any advice or tips? You can see my gear below.

Thanks!


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May 22, 2013 14:44 |  #2

Basketball gym... I would say that there is a really low chance you will get good exposure at the settings you are hoping for. The nifty fifty may not focus fast enough but might be worth a try. You also might have to push iso to 1600. You might also be able to get away with slower shutter speeds. Get there during warm ups and try several things before the game starts.


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May 22, 2013 14:46 |  #3

Okay, Thanks for the heads up.


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May 23, 2013 08:59 |  #4

can you rent a faster lens?


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May 23, 2013 09:09 |  #5

I could but im not getting paid for this, just helping him out. I didnt think I should.


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May 23, 2013 09:41 |  #6

Indoor gyms are notorious for having lousy lighting. That combined with the fact that you need to keep shutter speed up to freeze the action (and almost certainly can't use flash or other lighting) means you really need a wider aperture than you have.

I hope I'm wrong about the lighting. Give it your best shot but don't be overly disappointed if you don't get the results you were hoping for.


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May 23, 2013 10:13 |  #7

Give it a shot. You don't have the best equipment for it, but I think you already know that. . .it's still going to be far better than a point and shoot. Expect your ISO to be up around 3200, so you're going to have to deal with a good amount of noise with the T3i. That's still better than a blurry shot, so keep that shutter speed up around 1/500 as planned. Depending on the action, even that may not be as fast as you'd like. You'll probably get some motion blur in the hands, but overall it should be alright.

Lastly, I'd highly recommend shooting raw in your case. It will give you more flexibility with noise reduction in post processing. 3rd party noise reduction software like Noise Ninja or Neat Image are best, but the noise reduction tools in Lightroom and Photoshop Bridge (either Elements or CS versions) work well.

Have fun, though. There's nothing quite like shooting sports. Shoot in 3-4 shot bursts, use AI servo focusing, and above all, anticipate the action.




  
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May 23, 2013 11:08 |  #8

thanks for the tips. Ill give it a shot and see how it comes out. I don't plan on shooting sports, I just wanted to help him out since he asked.


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