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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:43 pm 
Just after a bit of advice im what settings i would use for Ice Hockey photography. Usually in low light conditions I currently have a 70-300 lens and i am using nIKON d5000. Any help would be really appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:27 am 

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General rules for low-light action (with a kit lens):

1) set your ISO as high as you are comfortable. Higher means brighter pics and more noise. For me, on the D5000, I might go with 3200, YMMV.

2) set you White Balance appropriately for the light source, and set your image format to RAW (or RAW + JPEG) so you can adjust WB and exposure in post.

3) set your lens "wide open" or use "shutter priority" (which, in underexposed conditions, will cause the camera to use the widest aperture).

4) set your shutter fast enough to freeze the action. For ice hockey I might use 1/250, YMMV.

If the pics are underexposed (which is common) you can either increase your ISO, which will mean more noise, or decrease your shutter speed, which will mean more motion blur. (Or you can buy a faster/brighter lens.)

One additional issue to be aware of: with a non-stabilized lens, the rule of thumb is that camera shake may start to have an effect when the reciprocal of your focal length multiplied by your crop factor exceeds your shutter speed. i.e. 200mm X 1.5 CF = 300 so shutter speeds slower than 1/300 with focal lengths longer than 200mm can be difficult to hand hold.


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