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Old Feb 7, 2006, 5:05 PM   #21
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"How about a nice game of Chess?"


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Old Feb 8, 2006, 5:12 AM   #22
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You could try using ISO 800, dont zoom in very much, if at all, set it to "S" and then to 250, main thing is dont use the built in flash, the camera will compensate for using the flash, and that is why your photos are darker (the flash is not reaching far enough to reflect the light). Take a few photos with those settings and review them to see if they are bright enough. If they are too dark you can try a slower shutter speed (200, 125, etc) but remember, the slower the shutter speed, the more steady you will need to hold the camera, and the more blur you will get from the players moving. Try not to zoom in very much, when you are zooming, watch the "f" number, at a certain point, it will start to raise, that is the limit of your zoom in this situation. While is may seem well lit, it is just that your eyes have adjusted to the light (pupils have opened up) and it is actually not well lit at all. Hope that helps.



PS ISO 800 photos will be grainy, however, you can download a free program "neat image" from the net that can eliminate alot of the noise (graininess) you are getting.



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Old Feb 8, 2006, 6:48 AM   #23
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set camera to aperture priority

set aperture 'wide open'

set iso to 400 or 800 (accept some grain in results)

set AF to continuous

do not zoom more than 2/3 max

use a cheap monopod

squeeeeeeze the shutter release



enjoy the game(s)

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Old Feb 8, 2006, 8:18 AM   #24
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Now THAT I know how to do :G
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Old Feb 8, 2006, 8:30 PM   #25
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Thank you all for your advice. Today was the big game! This was a very important one as if we didn't win, we were through for the year and didn't advance to the semifinals. There is an ugly rivalry between us and this team - so much so that it was standing room only at the gym and police presence :shock:

ANYWAY, I didnt get a chance to get the hotshoe flash but I took a lot more in from you guys than I thought I did. I played with the camera and changed things. Watched the f value if I zoomed (tried to avoid zooming altogether) and got some decent pictures. I had the camera on ISO 400 for every shot. MOST of them I had it on A but also used S and found that I did get better pictures on S so I will keep that in mind for next time. Here are a few of the pics that I took. In the last two, my focus was on my daughter (blue #51)












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Old Feb 8, 2006, 8:37 PM   #26
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I should also mention that the first 2 pictures were taken on S and the last two on A. I'm getting the hang of this. My husband suggested that I find a local school that has a beginner class (on top of working full time and taking care of 4 kids haha - where do you men come up with this stuff from :lol: )
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And here is what you can do with a quick edit. Levels and sharpen

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http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/%7Eselorme/photos.html

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And here is what you can do with a quick edit. Levels and sharpen

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http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/%7Eselorme/photos.html

THAT is impressive. Is that the software someone had mentioned earlier? I think I'll check it out - thanks
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And here is what you can do with a quick edit. Levels and sharpen

Sel ........
http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/%7Eselorme/photos.html

THAT is impressive. Is that the software someone had mentioned earlier? I think I'll check it out - thanks
I used Paintshop pro-x
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satelli...=1047025487586


Sel .........

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And here is what you can do with a quick edit. Levels and sharpen

Sel ........
http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/%7Eselorme/photos.html

THAT is impressive. Is that the software someone had mentioned earlier? I think I'll check it out - thanks
I used Paintshop pro-x
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satelli...=1047025487586


Sel .........
I have paintshop pro - didn't know you could do that with it
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