merp wrote in post #2549344
I have to take some action shots tonight at my schools basketball game. I looked through my manual etc but I have a question =) what type of metering would you perfer if any? Evaluative/Partial or uh center-weighted..etc? If you give me an answer could you explain why?
Sports photography is tough. I don't mean this offensively, but it sounds like you are fairly new to photography so I'm going to lay this out and word it accordingly.
First off, as other's have mentioned, your best bet for metering a sports game is to meter it once, before the game starts, lock that exposure into your camera by setting it in M mode, and leaving it there the entire night. There are too many different luminocities on the court that will fool your camera's internal reflective light meter into picking differnet exposure values for you the entire night.
Take your fastest lens to the game, set the lens wide open (fastest aperture, lowest f/number), find the shutter speed for that aperture and ISO combo, and verify that it's going to be fast enough to stop the action and prevent motion blur. If it's not enough shutter speed, raise ISO until you do have enough shutter speed.
Once you find the correct shutter speed/ISO ... keep it locked in and keep shooting.