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Got a new Camera - need some tips.
GL0Be 
7/8/08 1:50:11 PM
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I got a new camera last weekend - Canon 450D

I've taken some really nice pics with it, basic stuff, ISO 1600 shots, portraits and some macro. I love this camera.

But last night I tried some in sporting mode. I've never played around with sporting mode before and after taking 850MB of pics of my dog running around at the park - I'm in need of some advice.

Here is an example of the stuff I was trying to get:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/bio2000/IMG_0174%20.JPG

Terrible I know :(

How do I get clean crisp images of moving targets?

Cheers.

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Athiril 
7/8/08 2:09:49 PM
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Fast shutter speed and/or pan the camera to lock on the dog's motion with the background being blurred by motion.

The manual covers all this, so RTFM, or at least the encyclopaedia of a manual I got with my 30D does...

In any case, try Tv, which is shutter priority, set you shutter speed at say 1/250th of a second or faster, and it will come up with an f-stop, you may need to raise the ISO depending on lighting conditions.

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GL0Be 
7/8/08 2:42:27 PM
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The Tv setting with shutter speed set to 1/250 and raising the ISO - can I also set the drive mode to continuous shooting with those settings?

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Athiril 
7/8/08 3:42:30 PM
Titan

Yes, well should be able to.

I can use 5 fps on my 30D in all shooting modes.

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stadl 
7/8/08 8:47:36 PM
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From the EXIF data it looks like you're getting close tpo the limits of the gear for that light.

32mm, f/4.5, 1/125s ISO 1600, and it's certainly not overexposed.

I'm guessing it's a lit lens, and there fore wide open at that point. Basically exposure is maxed out for the available light, so add some of your own.

Consider turning on the flash to throw more light on it and that will allow you to increase the shutter speed. It will of course reduce working range as the built in flash is probably only good for 4-5m and at that point things too far behind the target will start to get very dark.

Other than that, panning is about the only option left to avoid subject blur with the gear you have - of course background blur will occur then which is usually aesthetically pleasing for action shots.

The problem with a dog catching a ball is that the motion is not consistent speed and the limbs of the dog are moving at different rates, so you're never going to get the whole dog without blur.

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Athiril 
7/8/08 8:59:35 PM
Titan

hmm? must have been after sunset?

I suggest shooting on an overcast day, during daytime.

You can pull back down to ISO 100 or 200 and up the shutter speed.

Another good effective option, is to have like a ~70x70cm piece of card board and glue down some foil over it (shiny side up) and have someone angle it in light to reflect extra light onto the subject, gold foil from a newsagents or stationary store is better, as it'll warm up the subject in that cold light.

But otherwise flash will have to come out, and built in flash is not pretty, though you can improve it.

Tape a few layers of tissue paper in front of the flash unit to soften it up, or cut out sheets from plastic bag, or bubble wrap or styrofoam etc etc.

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The Tick 
8/8/08 8:36:11 AM
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Yeah, pretty much as what has been said. light is your main problem here.

I'll try and dig up some shots from my old 350D I took with the kit lens I got at the time using the sport mode. I know, it's pretty lame to use the dummy modes but the shots were great. The main reason being the available light at the time.

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GL0Be 
8/8/08 12:52:53 PM
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Yup it was dusk when I took that shot, actually I'm surprised with the quality of the shots I did take that evening - besides the sporting mode shots ....

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http://members.optusnet.com.au/bio2000/My-Wheelz.jpg

Athiril 
8/8/08 2:25:56 PM
Titan

Well you can get bright sharp images in the same style of lighting (flat) under an overcast sun, or in the shade.

Both overcast sun and shade need a warmer white balance than sunlight to achieve the same look, depending if you want it to look cold, 'normal', or warm.

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Mademan 
8/8/08 8:30:23 PM
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If you're up to ISO 1600, can't drop the apeture, can't drop the shutter speed, it's flash time.

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The Tick 
8/8/08 10:18:56 PM
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If your interested in the shots mentioned above

http://gallery.me.com/uberdruid#100063&bgcolor=black&view=grid

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GL0Be 
9/8/08 1:15:06 AM
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Yeah that first picture of the dog diving into the pool is exactly what I'm trying to achieve.

LOL love his little floaty suit :P

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bluedude 
9/8/08 5:32:33 PM
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Enrol yourself in a course.

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The Tick 
10/8/08 1:00:18 PM
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Quote by GL0Be


LOL love his little floaty suit :P



Yeah he is a nutbag who just wont stop swimming regardless of how tired he is. The floaty was the best option. He is a crack up at the beach surfing back to shore (at least he is right up to the point where he throws up).

A staffie who loves to swim - these dogs really aren't equipped for it.

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fliptopia 
15/8/08 8:33:40 PM
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Well at that distance a bit of flash fill probably wouldn't go astray. Although the background will be a fair bit darker...

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