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Subject:   Action photos (indoor)
Date:   2003-11-18 03:30:08
From:   anonymous2
I have a Sony Mavica 400. I was very happy with my outdoor pictures from cross-country, but now we've moved indoors for basketball. My picture quality is very poor, and the images are dark. Do I need an external flash? I am a novice...


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  • Action photos (indoor)
    2004-01-06 13:57:28  anonymous2 [View]

    I am somewhat of a novice myself. I have the sony mavica cd500 and also the sony hvl-f32x flash. The flash does help somewhat indoors, but remember you will be limited in the distance you can shoot. I have found indoor events, especially basketball to be usually well lit. Try going to manual mode (M), click on menu and choose 400 speed, roll your dial and choose F2.2, roll down to the speed choice and choose as fast a speed as you can an still maintain at least -1.0EV. Hopefully, your speed will be 250 or better. If it is, you should get pretty good shots with prints that are not going to be any larger than 4 x 6. Let me know how it turns out.
    joepaula@aol.com
  • Derrick Story photo RE: Action photos (indoor)
    2003-11-18 11:35:13  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Yes, many share your pain...

    The first thing to remember is that your camera's built in flash is generally only effective to about 8 feet. Anything beyond that is out of range, which will most likely result in underexposure. So you have 4 basic options:

    1) Get within 8 feet when using the built-in flash.
    2) Increase your ISO speed to 400. This will extend your flash range to 12 feet or more.
    3) Use the "night time flash" mode. This only works for still subjects though, not action shots. With action photography in this mode you will get some very artistic blurring, which is interesting, but probably not what you want.
    4) Get an external flash for your camera that will extend the range considerably.

    Hope this helps...