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diskis190 Feb 13, 2004 4:18 PM

I've been trying to get a good action shot of track runners and every shot that I take leaves the runners blurry. I've turned the shot selection to the sports setting and I'm not sure what else I can try. PLEASE HELP!

oldhippie Feb 13, 2004 8:05 PM

You didn't tell us if this is indoors or outdoors, but if it is indoors, you can do a couple of things.

You can manually set your ISO setting to a higher sensitivity. I've heard the Canon will do everything it can to stay at a lower sensitivity. Set the camera on a manual setting like Av, then press the FUNC button, then scroll down, with the round button to the ISO setting. Set it to 200 or 400. The set the Apeture to 2.8 with the round button again.

Now experiment. That should help, although you'll lose some qaulity with the higher ISO setting.

hst Feb 13, 2004 11:22 PM

Change to shutter priority
Change it to shutter priority. Set you shutter to 350-650 depending on your lighting. That will normally be fast enough to stop the action.

oldhippie Feb 14, 2004 8:57 PM

If he uses shutter priority and set the speed for 350 or 650, will the ISO adjust up if it needs to in order to get a properly exposed picture?

Thats excellent if it will. I'm just getting to know my A80 as I've had it all of a few days now.

Normcar Feb 14, 2004 11:39 PM

I'm not familiar with your camera but I do have a G5 Canon which is probably similar. In any event, here are a few suggestions that might help, some similar to what has already been offered:

- first put your camera on shutter priority TV
- set your ISO (check your manual) to 200
- next set your shutter speed to 1/200
- shoot your subject and see what it looks like
- if it looks too dark (poor exposure) then you have two choices, either increase your ISO to the next stop (400) or shutter down to 1/160.

Remember that the lower the shutter speed the less you will be able to "freeze" action. However, remember as well that if you take a photo of someone running "towards" you the shutter speed will not need to be so high since the forward motion is much less speedy to the camera than shooting the subject from the side.

And the more light you have (either ambient or from a flash) the more potential you will have to freeze action at a lower shutter speed.

Essentially your problem relates to the shutter, as someone here has already explained. Use your ISO to create a reasonable photo with a fast shutter speed, then go and download "Neat Image" to reduce the graininess of your high ISO shots (if indeed you were forced to a higher ISO).
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hst Feb 15, 2004 8:48 PM

Shutter priority sets apperture auto
When you set the camera to Shutter Priority, it will automatically adjust the other settings to compensate for the shutter speed. If its too fast, you will see the error on you viewfinder it shows the letters as red I believe. You can go in and change the ISO settings manually if you need to as well but typically auto will work fine.

oldhippie Feb 15, 2004 10:21 PM


change the ISO settings manually if you need to as well but typically auto will work fine.
That, is good to know, and great functionality for such a modest camera.

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