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Old Mar 5, 2006, 9:58 AM   #1
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Some photos from today. I've been told I've damaged my ligament so I'll be out for the rest of the season, I think. Expect more photos from me then, because I certainly won't be playing any time soon.

Aaaghhhh, it's frustrating!
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I like the keeper's face on this one.
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Old Mar 5, 2006, 11:43 AM   #6
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Looks a little overexposed.

Whats settings did you use?



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Mostly aperture priority (F2.8 - 3.3) with 1-ev compensation. Shutter speeds tended to be around the 1/1000 mark. I noticed the over-exposure on the first few photos and didn't compensate enough. I only realised that when I got back from the game. I've got ahistogram on my camera so I'll have to remember to use that next time. It's a tricky one, because those shirts are so bright!
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Maybe try shutter priority, 1/250th or 1/500th.

Not sure you'd need exposure compensation.

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Thanks Terry, I'll give it a go next weekend.
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Old Mar 6, 2006, 6:45 AM   #10
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Frenchy,

I'm going to take a slightly different tack than Terry on this one. Continue to shoot aperture priority - but if you're getting 1/1000 you might be able toclose downa little bit to f4. The problem with overexposure, however won't be controlled by which exposure mode you're in. Shutter or aperture priority - the camera still meters the same and can overexpose. The challenge with outdoor shots is you can have some pretty drastic swings in lighting. So what works at the beginning of the match may not work 10 minutes into it. So, here's my advice:

set aperture to f4 as long as you can keep 1/500 shutter speeds. There's no reason to go below 1/500.

Make sure you're camera is set to display histogram

Take some test shots and adjust EC if you're getting too close to either side (outside during sun in an open field you'll have more chance of pushing to the right of the histogram).

Keep your eye on the lighting as the game goes on and check your histogram regularly at the end of a sequence - then you can dial down EC if need be.

The two most important things:

1. Keep shutter speeds over 1/500 to freeze the action - this should not be an issue outdoors in day time.

2. Don't blow the highlights. If you're shooting at low ISO in good lighting, you can easily recover some shadows in PP - and especially with soccer where there are no hats, the faces won't be in shadow anyway. But, your histogram will be your friend - after a while you'll start to get a feel for when you need positive or negative EC and won't have to check it as often. But for now, check it after each shot sequence and adjust - or be sure to check it if sun comes out / goes away.

Try both Terry's and my suggestions and see what works best for you. Everyone is different and every sports shooter has a different style and method. The key is to find what works for you - it may be something different than what works for my or Terry.

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