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elkay65 Aug 3, 2010 2:01 PM

Tips for a novice Nikon D3000
Ok, so I have the Nikon D3000 and TONS of blurry pics from all the baseball games. So if I set the aperture at its largest, what should the shutter speed be? Do I do this in the manual mode? I am practicing outside today with it for kicks. I set the shutter at 4000 but the camera is saying subject too dark and I take it anyway and come up with a black screen. I think I know the answer to that; not enough light getting in with a shutter speed that fast. am I correct? Every once in a while at a game I get a good shot, but boy do I need practice and tips. I am using 70-300mm lens also. My main goal is to freeze action. And most of it is during the day with plenty of natural light. HELP! Also, how do I attach an image? It's asking me for a url......???? Can you say NEWBIE

JohnG Aug 3, 2010 2:14 PM

OK - for baseball, the shutter speed you need is determined by the type of action you are trying to freeze. For a person running, 1/500 may be good. Want to freeze a pitcher's motion? Try 1/4000.
Let's start by saying if you're shooting night games under lights you're not going to accomplish the feat with that lens/camera. If, however, you're shooting during the day you can start by using widest aperture and bumping ISO up until your shutter speeds hit 1/1000 or you reach ISO 1600. That's in aperture priority mode. That's the easiest place to start. You're going to run into other issues with exposure and we'll deal with those later. For now if you use aperture priority, f5.6 and bump ISO up to 800 or 1600 you'll get shutter speeds as fast as your gear will allow. Then share 1 or 2 photos and we'll give advice on how to improve further.

elkay65 Aug 3, 2010 2:24 PM

Ok, thanks. I am on may way to a game and will try those tips. Thanks for the quick reply! LK

elkay65 Aug 5, 2010 3:46 PM

So I took some pics the other day at the playoff game and they cam out a bit grainy and lackluster. I cannot figure out how to post some of them though.:confused: I am heading to championships in a little while and will try again.

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