10-13-2019 06:01 PM
10-13-2019 07:59 PM
I use my camera to shoot a lot of my sons football games and started out using the sports mode and I did get some good shots but when it came to the important one my pictures are blurry and out of focus. I have researched and tried other settings and still nothing. Last night's game I took over 1,200 pictures of which only 300 were actually worth keeping. Can someone please help me out with what settings I need to use to get nicer action shots.
I take it that "last night's game" means you were shooting under the lights. That is a challenge for even the most expensive DSLRs that the professionals use. What lens were you using? What settings was the camera coming up with?
I suggest that you learn how to use the Creative Modes in the camera. Leave the Basic modes behind, which includes "Sports" mode,, which can be effective on bright sunny days, but not at night under the lights.
10-13-2019 09:55 PM
10-14-2019 07:53 PM
I was using the 75-300 mm lens and had it on the TV mode. Can you suggest which creative mode and the settings or needs to be on. When I researched it I got so many different answers as far as the ISO, shutter speed..etc. it just overwhelmed me.
Stop making duplicate posts. It is one of the best ways to cause people to ignore your questions.
Still waiting for you to tell us what your exposure settings were.
10-14-2019 08:05 PM
10-14-2019 08:33 PM
I'm sorry about the duplicate post I'm new to this community. As far as exposure settings I don't have anything set. This is why I'm asking for advice on what I should set my camera on.
What settings were used in the photos that you say came out blurry. We need to understand your current results in order to make suggestions to improve your photos.
10-14-2019 08:48 PM
10-14-2019 10:16 PM
I had it on TV . ISO was on auto. Shutter speed was 1/500. Continuous shooting and Al Servo.
Shooting mode is good to know, THANKS! But, we are looking for the Exposure Triangle: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
10-15-2019 07:47 AM
10-15-2019 09:02 AM - edited 10-15-2019 09:14 AM
I wouldn't consider 1/500 fast enough for sports/action. I recommend at least 1/1000. 1/500 is barely fast enough to avoid blur from camera shake when hand holding. (basic rule of thumb is shutter speed should be 1/focal length to avoid shake blur. The effective focal length for your Rebel at 300mm zoom is 480mm (300mm * 1.6 crop factor).
Continuous Shooting with AI Servo is the setting you want.
To shoot in AI Servo you need to select a subject, half press the shutter to acquire focus, wait about 1/2 second and then fully press shutter. The AI Servo mode is doing math in the camera. It acquires the subject, measures its speed and then predicts where the subject will be (closer or farther from the camera) when actual exposure takes place.
If the subject isn't moving around in the viewfinder (left/right/up/down) then use the central focus point.
If the subject is moving then you want auto focus point selection so the camera can follow the subject.
You aren't going to get 100% success when shooting action/sports, even with top of the line 1D X, with a fast AF system, 12 frames per second and a fast focusing lens like the big whites to see on the NFL sidelines.
Your Rebel is 3 frames per second, a slower AF system and a slower focusing lens.
Depending on the lighting and subject speed your results may be the best you can achieve.
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