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Night time MLB or NFL games

buffalobreath
Occasional Contributor

What sort of Exposure Values do photographers encounter at night time MLB or NFL games?  Thanks.

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@buffalobreath wrote:

I don't shoot major league sports.  I shoot local high school sports including football in a small, poorly lit rural stadium.  My EV ratings are 6 to 7 in the center of the field.  The corners are about EV 4 to 5..  I was just curious what the pros contend with.  Their photos appear pristine.  I figure a lot of that has to do with the processing.  I do my own RAW files with Photoshop Elements 14.

 

My use a Canon EOS 1DX Mk 2 and a Canon 400mm f4.DO IS 2.  

 

Thanks.


I would think that you should be able to get away underexposing by 1-2 EV, to up the shutter speed, with that gear. 

 

Also, while that link may have said that night sports are about 9 EV, if the event is televised, which most professional events like football are, then the venue is lit up just a bit more than 9 EV. 

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Waddizzle
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Are you familiar with Ev Value Charts?  You can use different settings, for a given amount of light, and get near identical exposures.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_value

 

According to that link, outdoor night sports with artifical lighting fall somewhere around 9 Ev. 

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buffalobreath
Occasional Contributor

For some crazy reason I overlooked that site.  Thanks.  Man Happy

ebiggs1
Forum Elite

What gear are you thinking about using?  Most pro sports places are pretty strict on what they will allow you to bring in.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!

buffalobreath
Occasional Contributor

I don't shoot major league sports.  I shoot local high school sports including football in a small, poorly lit rural stadium.  My EV ratings are 6 to 7 in the center of the field.  The corners are about EV 4 to 5..  I was just curious what the pros contend with.  Their photos appear pristine.  I figure a lot of that has to do with the processing.  I do my own RAW files with Photoshop Elements 14.

 

My use a Canon EOS 1DX Mk 2 and a Canon 400mm f4.DO IS 2.  

 

Thanks.

When I did fill in work I used two lenses mostly the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and occasionally the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or way back, version one of these.  Always on a 1 series, or F1n, camera.  If you do football you can use the big 600mm but it is usually too long for baseball. All but the 70-200 were rented BTW.  I didn't do it enough to warrant purchasing nearly twenty grand in lenses.

 

For you the best choice is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and one of the offerings in the 150-600mm zooms.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!

buffalobreath
Occasional Contributor

The 70-200mm f2.8 is my primary lens for indoor volleyball and basketball. I've used the 400mm with both 1.4x and 2x III extenders with incrediable sharpness.  I should have bought the lens long ago.

 


@buffalobreath wrote:

I don't shoot major league sports.  I shoot local high school sports including football in a small, poorly lit rural stadium.  My EV ratings are 6 to 7 in the center of the field.  The corners are about EV 4 to 5..  I was just curious what the pros contend with.  Their photos appear pristine.  I figure a lot of that has to do with the processing.  I do my own RAW files with Photoshop Elements 14.

 

My use a Canon EOS 1DX Mk 2 and a Canon 400mm f4.DO IS 2.  

 

Thanks.


I would think that you should be able to get away underexposing by 1-2 EV, to up the shutter speed, with that gear. 

 

Also, while that link may have said that night sports are about 9 EV, if the event is televised, which most professional events like football are, then the venue is lit up just a bit more than 9 EV. 

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"Doctor told me to get out and walk, so I bought a Canon."