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Help with LAX under the lights

 
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Feb 12, 2014 14:47 |  #1

My daughter has a game next week under the lights. I've never shot at night before.
I'm a novice at this and have modest equipment at this time. I'll be using a 60D / EF 70-300f/4-5.6 IS USM on a monopod.

Any tips on settings I should be considering for best results?

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Feb 12, 2014 15:32 |  #2

IlliniFan99 wrote in post #16684356 (external link)
My daughter has a game next week under the lights. I've never shot at night before.
I'm a novice at this and have modest equipment at this time. I'll be using a 60D / EF 70-300f/4-5.6 IS USM on a monopod.

Any tips on settings I should be considering for best results?

TIA.

High ISO, at least ISO 6400. Football examples under the lights at ISO with a EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.

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Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Lens: EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Image Date: 2010-10-22 20:41:30 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 165.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
ISO equiv: 6400
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

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Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Lens: EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Image Date: 2010-11-12 19:52:18 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 70.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320)
ISO equiv: 6400
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB


The high ISO and shutter priority will be needed to get a decently exposed image at something approaching action-stopping shutter speeds. The shutter speeds displayed in these examples came from guesswork. You won't have enough light at a night event to stop action in the camera's so-called sports mode with the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens, even with a high ISO.

You'll quickly hear from others that the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens is not the most suitable for night events under artificial light. A faster lens that can transmit more light to a camera's sensor, such as a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens,  (external link)would be more useful under the conditions you describe. However, unless you're willing to head out and purchase another expensive lens at the last minute, you'll need to make do with what you have.

Also, a monopod is unlikely to be useful. It may get in the way more than help.



  
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Feb 13, 2014 00:00 |  #3

You should get more consistency with the exposure using manual mode rather than shutter or aperture priority.
Metering off of the grass will work in most instances.
For game play 1/500 can stop motion blur on the face but not necessarily on the feet and hands. You will probably need to use an ISO higher than 6400 with your lens. Go to 12800 if necessary to keep your shutter speed up. Noise can be dealt with after the photo is taken but not motion blur. Avoid letting the camera decide which focal point to use.


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Feb 13, 2014 22:22 |  #4

Sit directly under the light pole to gat max light on faces. Use highest ISO and deal with noise in post. Blur can not be removed. Focus on your subject and follow that subject, wait for peak action. With that lens wait for the action to get close rather than zoom in and force f5.6 which will be really dark and cause slower focus due to less light getting through the lens to the focus sensors.
Just some things to consider


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Feb 19, 2014 16:16 as a reply to  @ ChunkyDA's post |  #5

Here is a series I shot. Still perfecting my post-editing skills. C&C welcome.

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Feb 19, 2014 22:30 as a reply to  @ IlliniFan99's post |  #6

^^^^^
Not bad at all, given what you had to work with.




  
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