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Old Sep 20, 2010, 1:08 PM   #11
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I would forget aperture priority and go for manual exposure, with the different colour shirts, the background changing etc, even if you use an exposure compensation it will still be all over the place. Get used to using manual exposure and manual white balance, that will give much more consistency in the shots. Your problem will be the lens as it is variable aperture so you will have to do everything assuming f5.6 when setting manual.

What shutter speeds were you getting when you were using the lens at its maximum length?
Thanks for the tips Mark! I will surely try Manual mode. Itīs alot harder to shoot hockey than soccer. Especially with my equipment.
Iīm not sure about the shutter speed at maximum length. I donīt think I used the full length on any shot. But in general, I need to get faster shutter speed I think. Itīs just not possible though with my lens if Iīm not pushing the ISO more than 2500, and I think 2500 is the limit for getting okey shots.

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Hockey looks extremely difficult to shoot with the bright ice and dark uniforms. It looks like to me that the close shots work better such as the last one.
Thanks man! Yes itīs extremely difficult to shoot hockey. I have to train and train a lot I think

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Thanks for the tips Mark! I will surely try Manual mode. Itīs alot harder to shoot hockey than soccer. Especially with my equipment.
Iīm not sure about the shutter speed at maximum length. I donīt think I used the full length on any shot. But in general, I need to get faster shutter speed I think. Itīs just not possible though with my lens if Iīm not pushing the ISO more than 2500, and I think 2500 is the limit for getting okey shots.

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I would potentially stretch it out to 3200, depends what you are wanting to use the shots for and the shutter speeds you are able to get.They will have been artificially high due to the under exposing so obviously you won't get quite as much next time out, but getting correct exposure in camera will mean less noise overall.

Glass is key, having f5.6 isn't helpful, shooting wider is good but then you crop more so lose the resolution. Best to do things right get the settings correct, frame tight and the good thing with ice hockey is that you can pan a bit and hide some of the blur as they are smoother than someone running (apart from when they accelerate).
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I would potentially stretch it out to 3200, depends what you are wanting to use the shots for and the shutter speeds you are able to get.They will have been artificially high due to the under exposing so obviously you won't get quite as much next time out, but getting correct exposure in camera will mean less noise overall.

Glass is key, having f5.6 isn't helpful, shooting wider is good but then you crop more so lose the resolution. Best to do things right get the settings correct, frame tight and the good thing with ice hockey is that you can pan a bit and hide some of the blur as they are smoother than someone running (apart from when they accelerate).
Thanks Mark. I will work on the exposure next time. Hopefully I will be able to buy Nikon 70-200 f2,8 VR sometime.
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That would really help your shooting, but remember you want to be within about 25m with that lens for sharp results, shooting from the stands is going to limit it..... still better than the slow speed of what you have but you are not going to be getting close to what it can do for you.
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you need to shoot hockey wide open - 2.8 is a must- ive shot aperture and manual mode both- the attached image is aperture mode,2.8 wide open,iso at 3200- giving you shutters around 400 to 320 of a sec- also if you can get bench access i would recommend that or shoot from the penalty box or score keepers area- use manual white balance, just snap a pic of the ice for this and use it for manual white balance
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you need to shoot hockey wide open - 2.8 is a must- ive shot aperture and manual mode both- the attached image is aperture mode,2.8 wide open,iso at 3200- giving you shutters around 400 to 320 of a sec- also if you can get bench access i would recommend that or shoot from the penalty box or score keepers area- use manual white balance, just snap a pic of the ice for this and use it for manual white balance
Thanks, I know, but right now I just canīt afford a 70.200 f2,8. So I have to do the best I can with my Nikon 70-300VR.
I got shutterspeeds around 1/400-1/800 at ISO 3200 with aparteure 4,5.
I can shoot just about from anywhere I want.
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