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Old Sep 14, 2010, 1:21 PM   #1
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Default Dark Pictues at Football Fields

I have been using a Kodak Easyshare P850 to take pictures of my sons during their football games since 2006. Do cameras loose something as they age?
Four years ago I don't remember having this much of a problem with my pictures being so dark after the sun goes down.
I have a Kodak Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 1.4x 55mm Telephoto Lens that I use.
Can anyone tell me what settings I should be using?
Thank you so much for your time.
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Old Sep 14, 2010, 1:49 PM   #2
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I would expect that camera to have always struggled taking photos at a HS football game under the lights. When I shoot football under the lights, if I'm not using an external flash my settings are around 1/400, f2.8 and ISO 3200-6400.

That camera only has ISO 800. So you're either going to have really dark photos or a lot of motion blur depending on how you set the camera up to shoot.

Now, you didn't mention this but - has anything about the stadium changed? For example, the lights may have more burned bulbs. Or, installatiton of artificial turf can result in darker images due to less reflective light.
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Old Sep 14, 2010, 2:35 PM   #3
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Oh great! We just got turf this year! But the lights are the same. Would it help if I was on the field instead of in the bleachers?
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being on the field will help with 2 things:
1) not really having enough reach to shoot from the bleachers
2) from bleachers you're shooting down on your subject instead of up

But it won't change the exposure problem. I had never considered the affect of turf on overall lighting until a couple years ago when one of the high schools put in the turf - light levels on the field dropped about 2/3 stop - crazy. If we could just convince communities to invest in better lighting and keep grass - us photogs would be much better off!
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Old Oct 3, 2010, 12:26 PM   #5
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You might want to consider upgrading to a DSLR.

DSLR's tend to have better low light shooting characteristics.

Plus, you could buy a telephoto zoom that exactly suits your purposes.

There's plenty of people on this forum that are very accomplished sports photo shooters who could give you camera/lens recommendations.

There are DSLR's and lens combinations to satisfy a wide range of budgets - everything from the entry level sports shooter to the pro's you see on TV at basketball and football games.

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