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breatheoflife May 25, 2011 4:03 PM

Action photos with SX30 IS
Ok, yes, I am the new guy. Hi! :D I have a question. I am in no way a pro at photography, but tired of crappy pictures, so we bought the Canon SX30 IS. But I can't for the life of me get non blurry action photos. Half the things I take pictures of our action shots. We attend a lot of monster truck shows, NASCAR races, etc, and just can't get any photos that aren't blurry. I've messed with all the sports modes and such on the dial. But no luck. Is there any settings are something I can do to get clear photos? Any help would be appreciated!

jellyfish May 25, 2011 6:02 PM

For action shots, you need plenty of light and a fast shutter speed (1/500 or faster)
Use Tv mode and increase the ISO until you get the desired shutter speed.

breatheoflife May 26, 2011 1:36 PM

Thank you. And what if it's night time? Pretty much S.O.L.?

Saltine713 May 26, 2011 4:21 PM

Flash, but if you are far away, then you should get a tripod.

Really the 1/500 speed is a bit fast for Monster Trucks. It might be ok for Nascar, not sure.

After testing my shutter speed, I found that even fast moving objects can get captured without any distortion at around 1/250. Still, you would need a high ISO and some editing software to raise the exposure and remove the noise.

VTphotog May 26, 2011 9:33 PM

Remember, the more you zoom in, the faster your shutter speed has to be to avoid blur from camera shake, as well as subject movement. If you are consistently getting blurry pictures, try a wider angle. More light allows faster shutter speeds, but for the types of places you are talking about, night action shots are not likely. Outside, in daylight, you shouldn't have too much trouble.


pcake Jun 5, 2011 2:57 AM

i have had different experiences than Saltine713. for fast action, i often have to go above 500 to get clean, clear pics and fully stop the action. i suggest you experiment with various shutter speeds and check the results.

Mark1616 Jun 5, 2011 10:23 AM

It would be helpful if you can post a couple of samples so we can see the sort of light you have etc.

Usually for motorsport I'm at 1/200-1/500s as actually you don't want to fully freeze the action, what you really want is some motion blur in the wheels and background. The key element though is your technique rather than settings. You have to learn to pan with the subject, I would get away from using the screen and go for the viewfinder, it is generally a little easier that way.

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