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Aug 17, 2014 17:47 |  #1

I am wanting to shoot an upcoming night race. I have a 60d with an 18-55 kit lens and also. 18-200 zoom with a 420ex flash. What settings would be optimal for the best results? I really want them to be great. Any help is much appreciated. Race starts at 8pm.




  
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Aug 17, 2014 18:07 |  #2

Don't use the flash, it won't recycle quickly enough to shoot the runners.

Put your ISO as high as you can stand - shoot wide open on your zoom lens, and cross your fingers.

Also - shoot RAW, so you have some wiggle room later.


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Aug 17, 2014 20:40 |  #3

A couple little things I would add, which could probably be debated:

First is to try to shoot right under a street light, or whatever better light you can find. What may not look like a huge difference in light to you may make the difference between keepers and unusably underexposed images. As long as you're shooting RAW and set your WB to tungsten, you should be able to recover from the weird sodium light color.

Also, personally, I'd use the 18-200, since it's not any slower than the 18-55, but the compression should help blur out what is likely to be a busy background, if there are lots of spectators where you are.

Finish shots are great, but if you can get shots at the start, too, you'll likely have a little bit of daylight left (at least where I am, I suppose that could vary), and the runners won't be as tired, so you'll get better looking faces (and form, really).




  
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Aug 20, 2014 10:03 |  #4

Has the race happened yet? Just curious, I'd love to see the results!




  
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Aug 21, 2014 12:06 |  #5

What kind of shots are you looking for? Specific people? News coverage type stuff? or generic artsy photos? All would require a different approach.


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