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Old Oct 15, 2005, 6:15 PM   #1
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Hi,

I went to a Navy Football game today and took some pics.. I'd love to hear some comments from you guys...

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Old Oct 15, 2005, 7:24 PM   #5
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The two shots look slightly out of focus.

What shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity were you using?
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Old Oct 16, 2005, 7:57 AM   #6
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Well I took most of these in 'auto mode', P. I am slowly learning how to set exposure manually but 99% don't turn out too well and I didn't want to deal with that during a game.



Do you think manually setting the exposure would have made the pics more clear and crisp? Most of those were taken with 12X optical zoom with no tripod so I assumed it was slight shake causing the slight out of focus.



And pretty much nothing was done after taking the picture other then cropping in Photoimpression.

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Old Oct 16, 2005, 12:19 PM   #7
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John,

I know the feeling. I've had similar problems with my photos.

It's pretty difficult to get decent sports shots in auto mode.

Given your at 12x, I would use Shutter Prioirty (assuming your camera has that setting) and I'd shoot at 1/500th of a second.

That should eliminate any camera shake.

If you use that setting, and your camera is complaining about not enough light, then you may have to set the ISO (sensitivity to light) up to maybe ISO800 or ISO1600.

Definitely worth learning manual controls. Once you learn how to use them, goodbye to "P" mode.

When I say "manual", I'm talking partially manual. In shutter priority mode, you choose the shutter speed but the camera chooses the aperture.

Conversely, in aperture priority, you choose the aperture but the camera chooses the shutter speed.

I also adjust the sensitivity to light (ISO) regularily. If I'm shooting on a sunny day, I use ISO100 which also gives me the best image quality.

If it's somewhat cloudy I use ISO400. If it's overcast or a lot of shadows I use ISO800.

In low light situations I use ISO1600 or ISO3200.

Best to learn how to use shutter and aperture priority. I never use the "P" mode on my camera at all, and I'm sure most serious amateurs and pro's stick to aperture or shutter prioirity most of the time.

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