aram535 wrote in post #8479693
Sorry your idea is nice and yes I have read the articles you're referring to but they don't work. Not in a semi-pro or lower leagues. Yes, if you go to MSG and sit at the ice yes but nowhere else.
While there are likely several ways to arrive at a good exposure for hockey, in my experience underexposing isn't one of them. When you try to bring up an underexposed shot in post, you also bring up the noise and kill detail. I shoot in small, poorly to very poorly lit, local rinks all season long. Shooting at MSG would only mean you get a better choice of shutter, aperture and ISO combinations... I am always "maxed out" with my camera in the normal venues I see. Most of my shots, especially towards the end of last season when I discovered ISO 3200 is nothing to be afraid of, are 1/320 - 1/250, 2.8 and 3200 (or 1600 if the light is decent). If you try setting your camera the way I outlined you will have an excellent starting point to maximize image quality to the potential of your skill and gear. If you read my original reply, you'll see I was referring to his comment that he should underexpose a bit for hockey. Given the fact his original shot had very blown out ice, yes, generally he needed to dial it down. That advice didn't address his original problem which is finding proper exposure in this environment in the first place. That is what I was addressing...
I find the method I use does the trick every time. YMMV! I’m no expert, but my images occasionally sell; kids and parents like them.
Manual mode, 1/320, f/2.8, ISO3200, CWB.
1D MKIII | FujiFilm X10 | 24-70 f/2.8 | 70-200 f/2.8 | 135 f/2 | 85 f/1.8 | 580EX |