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Feb 21, 2014 09:02 |  #1

I was given a T3I as a gift and was trying to shoot my sons basketball game. I just couldnt seem to get a clear shot. I was set ISO 1600 , shutter 1000 the lowest F stop was 5. I also have it in continous focus. I had the 70 to 250 zoom on. It almost seems like it cant keep up with focus fast enough. Is there a trick to it and is there a way to get the whole picture clear and not just the center?




  
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Feb 21, 2014 09:26 |  #2

Hmm, some things here don't quite make sense. Can you post an example picture or two with EXIF info?

First, I assume you are talking about the 55-250 lens. Second, were your pictures properly exposed? If so, I want to see that gyms lighting. :) 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 1600 is unheard of in any gyms that I know. Most gyms are more like 1/500, f/2.8, ISO 3200 and only get worse from there.

Having said that, you are going to be in tough trying to shoot indoor sports with a T3i and 55-250 lens. Your best, lowest cost option would be to pick up a fast prime lens. The 85mm 1.8 is pretty much a staple for indoor sports like bball and vball. Problem with that is it is not terribly long if you are having to shoot from the stands.

Shoot manual mode, AI servo, 1/500th, f/1.8 and raise ISO to get proper exposure. Shoot RAW and process with software like lightroom to help make the most of your shots.


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Feb 21, 2014 14:07 |  #3

obx338 wrote in post #16706284 (external link)
I was given a T3I as a gift and was trying to shoot my sons basketball game. I just couldnt seem to get a clear shot. I was set ISO 1600 , shutter 1000 the lowest F stop was 5. I also have it in continous focus. I had the 70 to 250 zoom on. It almost seems like it cant keep up with focus fast enough. Is there a trick to it and is there a way to get the whole picture clear and not just the center?

You have the camera you need, however you may need to get another lens.


A more suitable lens for indoor basketball is a 70-200mm f/2.8, which transmits additional light to the sensor.

However, assuming you don't want to purchase additional equipment (and the least expensive suitable f/2.8 70-200mm lens costs around US $900) there's another option. Change camera settings and get the best action-stopping performance from your available equipment. That means ISO 6400. Examples from lenses with comparable apertures and a Canon T2i, the unit that was the immediate predecessor of the T3i.

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Image Date: 2011-03-04 20:35:57 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 225.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250)
ISO equiv: 6400
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Focal Length: 100.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
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You'll need to experiment with camera settings to get the best compromise between an action-stopping shutter speed and a usable exposure.

This approach will not get you the images that contain the technical perfection that many on this forum expect to see. However, if you choose to not spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on new equipment, this will result in serviceable images.



  
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Feb 21, 2014 15:39 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #4

My pictures look ok color wise but, my question I guess i'm having problems with the focus point. I have changed the pocus point to center only seems like my pictures are clear in the wrong spot. I will try and post a picture here tonight. I'm sorry im so new to this but would really like to learn what I can.




  
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Feb 28, 2014 02:21 as a reply to  @ obx338's post |  #5

I took this during last season ( 2012 ) had the camera about a week and this was the first time I shot indoors for basketball.

you can up the ISO to 12500 on the T3i through your menu.

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Mar 01, 2014 12:14 |  #6

obx338 wrote in post #16706284 (external link)
I also have it in continous focus.


obx338 wrote in post #16707200 (external link)
.... my question I guess i'm having problems with the focus point. I have changed the pocus point to center only seems like my pictures are clear in the wrong spot.


If by continuous focus you mean AI-Servo, and your focus is on the wrong spot, then you are not keeping the center focus on the player, or are letting go of the shutter (if that is what you are using) too early and the focus stays somewhere else.




  
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Mar 01, 2014 17:44 |  #7

rdalrt wrote in post #16706339 (external link)
Hmm, some things here don't quite make sense. Can you post an example picture or two with EXIF info?


I agree. Post some pics with the EXIF. Your problem should be easy to diagnose.

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