professor p wrote:
i am using a 400d with an efs 17-85 lens shooting showjumping in an indoor arena at night...i can not use a flash and the lighting is bright sodium...the best settings i found so far are 1/125 , 5.6 , iso 1600...some shots come out focused and others not so depending on how close or fari am from the subject, that is not so much the problem as the noise...i have to move around the arena and hand hold the camera so the wb changes and i have thought i always need to stabilizer on...after reading through your tips and forums it seems i am doing most of the right things and have picked up some tips which i will be trying, but the right light is high on my priority...i will say that i have been doing one thing that may be wrong and that is holding the camera steady on the jump rather than following the horse as it approaches and jumps...any tips on settings would be greatly appreciated...
Right, personally i would get myself a monopod, and turn the IS off (can cause shake, when on a tripod/monopod), then maybe use something like a 1250 ISO! The other settings sound good, although you may need to go back to using ISO 1600. Also to help you get sharp shots, i would enable 'Al Focus' mode on your camera, although you may well find, that a shutter speed of 1/125 is not really enough to freeze the action! Ideally for this sort of thing you would have somthing like a 85mm f/1.8, which would enable you to get sharper shots, because you would be able to get a higher shutter speed, by using a larger aperture, which would lead to frozen shots!
Hope this helped, let me know if you need some more help!