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Old Feb 5, 2003, 7:27 PM   #1
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Default Please help with indoor volleyball shots

Hi guys,
I just purchased the Fuji Finepix S602. So far all my shots are great if no one moves! My most difficult shooting situation is indoor volleyball. My daughter and her friends travel to play and I was hoping I could use this cam to shoot without a flash. Unfortunately some of the gyms are poorly lit. All my shots so far are very blurry. Actually unusable. I'm about ready to pull out my old 35 mm.
Any suggestions. :?:
Maybe I should just buy a flash and hope the coach doesn't kick me out!
How do sports photographers do it??? :?
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Old Feb 6, 2003, 10:14 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what manual controls the Fuji has, so this is generic.
1. Manually set the ISO to the highest number.
2. Set camera to Aperture priority and choose the widest aperture (smallest number).
3. Get as close as you can and use the least amount of zoom that you can.
4. Lighting is probably not uniform. Find the brightest area for your shots.
5. Choose your shots. There are times--such as at the top of a jump shot--when there is an instant of motionlessness. Try to shoot these motionless moments. Another one is when a player pauses a moment and is just dribbling the ball while watching for an opening. You might luck up on a shot with the player totally still except for the ball and her hand--in that case the blur can actually add to the shot.
5 1/2. Track moving players with your camera. If you're good enough you can keep one player blur-free and the surrounding players and objects will be blurred.
6. Hold the camera as steadily as possible. Use a tripod or monopod if you can. Otherwise lean against something and keep your elbows tight to your body.
7. If you have a continuous drive setting, use that.
8. Take lots and lots of shots and be pleased if you get one really good one.
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Old Feb 6, 2003, 12:00 PM   #3
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The tracking technique is essential to obtain actions shots at a sporting event. I practiced by taking pictures of a moving car. You will find that you want to be at a 25 to 45 degree angle to the action frame. Avoid 90 degree shots. Auto focus the camera by pressing the shutter halfway so that you can press the shutter button fully when you are ready for the shot and avoid the shutter lag. You can check these pictures that I took inside a gym at my church basketball program:

http://www.scotsdale-baptist.org/upw...all_photos.htm

Good luck

Phil
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Old Feb 6, 2003, 12:30 PM   #4
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Default Thanks awesome shutterbugs!

Thanks for the input.
Phil those basketball shots were great. Did you take those without a flash? If so did you edit in some brightness?
I think I just need to charge up lots of batteries and practice. I'll start by practicing outdoors where lighting isn't such a problem and then hope the next gym we are in is nice and bright!!
Happy Shooting,
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Old Feb 6, 2003, 12:35 PM   #5
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I use the autofocus mode and use the auto flash settings also. Yes, you will have to add brightness to many of the shots. Taking the photos of kids at sporting events is great for the kids at our church. They can tell their friends and families to look at the pics on the web. Lighting is not your friend at most of the sporting events but you can overcome it with editing.
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