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Old Dec 19, 2005, 9:02 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am trying to take indoor basketball photos at a high school basketball game.

Last I tried this with a digital point and shoot camera I had alot of difficulty:
1. if I used the flash the images were not blurry, but the images were very very dark.
2. If I did not use the flash the images were bright, but very blurry.

Is there a mode in the A610/A620 to best handle this?

If not, how should I adjust the manual settings in the A610/A620 to take the best shots.

Unfortunately I do not havea tripod for these pictures.

Thanks for the help!
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 10:30 PM   #2
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With flash the images were dark because you were probably too far away.

Ever seen images at a pro sporting event with all those flashes going off from the stands? I kinda smile everytime I see something like that. Beyond the working distance of the flash, everything is dark, so if you are further away than, maybe 12-15 feet, then the built-in flash is useless (Steve's review says the limit of the flash at the tele end is 10 feet- quite inadequate for use at a basketball game).

Without flash, your camera is not using a fast enough shutter speed, so you get blur- this could possibly be corrected by using the fastest ISO setting (ISO 400). Modes won't get you there. Maybe nothing will- some cameras are not designed for effectivesports photography. Your best bet, if anything will work at all, will be to:

1. Set your camera to aperture priority exposure mode (A on the dial)

2. Set the lens to the fastest aperture possible at whatever zoom setting you are using. That way the camera will pick the fastest possible shutter speed. Even if you had a tripod, the idea is to get the fastest possible shutter speed. Keeping the camera steady with a tripod doesn't do you much good in stopping action if the fastest shutter speed you can get is 1/30 sec.

3. Turn your flash OFF- it's useless for this.

4. MANUALLY FOCUS- the depth of field with these cameras, even at maximum zoom,are HUGE. Just focus on a point somewhere on the court and leave it there. This also keeps the camera from focusing every shot and makes it a little faster in operation.

5, Manually set the ISO to 400 and leave it there.

Even doingall the aboveyou might not be able to get a fast enough shutter speed. In the best lit college basketball venues I have my digital SLR set to a minimumISO 800., such as here:

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/gallery/977479

High School fieldhouses are often quite lacking in comparison, so even ISO 800 wouldn't be good enough.

The A620 is quite nice- I had a chance to try one this past weekend. It is, in fact, the first digicam I can honestly say is fast enough in operation to really get me interested enough to consider buying one, but not for this type work.
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 11:11 PM   #3
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Hi Greg,

Thanks for the reply. I think you got me started in the right direction.

I still need to learn alot about taking pictures. The A610 is sort of neat in that respect in that when reviewing your pictures, the camera can tell you the exact settings that you used when you were taking the picture.

BTW, there used to be a web page where you looked at a photo and then could online change the "shot" settings and it would change the photo accordingly...any idea where I could find a site like that these days?

Thanks again!
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 11:56 PM   #4
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If you ever found that site, post it here. That sounds like a good learning tool, but I've never seen it.

I learned shooting a lot of film and throwing away alot of bad slides andprints. People starting today can learn lots faster with the images being available at once while the process is still fresh in your mind, with all the settings neatly there to view and review.
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