Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk to the park to try to get some shots of ducklings and squirrels. The park is pretty much surrounded by trees and so the whole area was shady.
I was shooting at around 300mm with my Kit lens on a 400d which I know isn't the best, but I was really struggling with my shutter speed. I pushed the ISO all the way up to 1600 and opened to f5.6 (as far as the lens goes) but was still struggling to get a shutter speed faster than 100-200.
Most of the shots are worthless because of camera shake, moving subjects or noise due to the ISO, but there are a couple that might come out OK which I'll post when I've had time to try and clean them up a bit.
What I want to know is are there any tricks that I'm missing to help with a faster shutter in lower light conditions? Apart from spending thousands on a zoom lens with a huge apature and IS. Using my tripod is pretty tough trying to chase animals around a park....