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Subject:   Camera settings
Date:   2005-10-15 21:34:25
From:   badexposure
I have bought a new Sony DSC-H1 and am having a difficult time trying to take pics of my daughter’s volleyball game. I have tried different settings and am finding that either the shot is grainy, to dark or the motion is blurred. I am a novice to say the least, so if there are any suggestions to the setting I would be VERY grateful.
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  • Camera settings
    2008-05-19 20:27:40  PRANSHU DUBEY [View]

    NAMASTE JI

    IF YOU WANNA shoot volleyball game pics
    that means moving object pics
    use the ISO mode for it .
    ISO is used for very high sensitivity .

    if this tip is useful to you then please reply me on my id pranshu14@gmail.com

    reply is must because
    ""feedback is the breakfast of champions""
  • Camera settings
    2008-05-19 20:27:12  PRANSHU DUBEY [View]

    NAMASTE JI

    IF YOU WANNA shoot volleyball game pics
    that means moving object pics
    use the ISO mode for it .
    ISO is used for very high sensitivity .

    if this tip is useful to you then please reply me on my id pranshu14@gmail.com

    reply is must because
    ""feedback is the breakfast of champions""
  • Camera settings
    2006-06-14 09:08:19  JCiccone [View]

    I own a Canon Power Shot S2 which is very simular to your Sony.
    A couple of things I like to use which shooting kids at sports....use rapid fire (burst mode)
    and don't for get to use the camera's ability to shoot motion picture clips.
    Sometimes I find I get better results in either of these 2 modes than trying to shoot regular still shots. Hope this helps.
  • Camera settings
    2005-12-20 14:15:24  lao270 [View]

    The aperture needs to be in the f1.4-1.7 range to acheive the results you want. Allowing in more light (f1.4) allows ISO 400-800 for a High School gym. For indoor sports 1/125 is the slowest you can go (IMO). These settings are W/out flash. Unless you strobe the whole gym (impossible unless you're Nike) then flash won't look right. The players may expose right but everything else will be too dark. A lot of camera's will only sync to 1/60th which is too slow for sports.
    It all starts with the right lens. Without that, you will always be frustrated.
  • Camera settings
    2005-11-22 09:42:16  BasketballMom [View]

    This has been an ongoing problem for me. I don't know a lot about cameras, but as you, I'm trying to figure this out.

    Recently I viewed some basketball game pictures a fellow parent took, that were able to stop the action, and were still bright and colorful. He had manually set his aperture to 1.8 with a 1/250 exposure time. I was excited about this revelation. When I got home, I quickly pulled out my Olympus 700, and played around with the manual settings. Unfortunately, my camera's aperture settings would only go down to 2.8. I tried some sample pictures this morning (with my daughter bouncing her basketball in our bright florescently lit garage), and unfortunately had marginal luck with the 2.8 setting. The best combination I could come up with (on my camera) was 2.8 at 1/50 shutter speed. I'll try it in the gym, but I think my solution will unfortunately need to be finding a digital camera that can go down to the completely open 1.8 aperture(to provide enough light), an adequate zoom, and a minimal delay between when I hit the shutter, to when the picture actually is taken. At this point, I don't know what cameras can do that (and I'm on my 6th digital camera over the past 10 years).

    If anyone out there has suggestions for me or "badexposure", please respond. I, too, would be very grateful.
    • Camera settings
      2006-06-14 09:14:50  JCiccone [View]

      simple...you need a Digital SLR camera.
      check out the Nikon D50...if you can find one in stock.

      The lens aren't that fast but you can shoot at a faster 'film speed' and still get decent results when shooting the sports your talking about.

      The other solution when using the type of digital your shooting with is to use it's rapid fire mode...burst mode....usually it will help you capture a few good photos with each 'burst'

      The video clip feature of many non-slr digitals produce great video clips you can view on your large screen TV...there fun too.
    • Camera settings
      2006-01-03 03:51:58  cam2003 [View]

      This is exactly why people pay lots of money for "fast" lenses, basketballmom... (Fast here means that the lens can open its aperture wide - the lower the f-number (e.g. 1.8) the wider the aperture is open. The wider the lens aperture is open, the more quickly the camera captures the light ergo the shorter the time required for the shutter to be open - low shutter speed will freeze action shots.)

      Like the advice above, you might want to try setting a higher ASA number. The higher this number the more quickly the camera captures light - it is a holdover from the days when you purchased faster film. Higher ASA will also help you freeze action shots - but at the cost of some graininess. Good luck!
      • Camera settings
        2007-04-19 12:57:15  fotog [View]

        Nikon's 50mm f1.8 af lens is about $100, and it's marvelous.