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Old Feb 3, 2009, 7:05 AM   #1
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What should the settings be for FZ50, to shoot outdoor soccer in bright daylight? Things like P, A, S, or M mode?Metering Mode? Auto Focus Mode? Anything else?



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Old Feb 3, 2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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Only because no one else has answered ....I use certain settings on all my cameras for 90% of my photos and these work well for a deer runnuing across a field and I think they should work for soccer photos, especially in good light.

1. Auto ISO

2. 1 area HS focus

3. CW or spot meter.....usually CW

4. Program mode or aperture mode but P mode is my favorite.

5. JPEG and in burst mode.

6. depending on the color of the uniforms perhaps some exposure comp. (trial and error)


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Old Feb 4, 2009, 8:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I'll try those settings. As far as IS, should I use mode 1 or 2 for soccer action?
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Old Feb 5, 2009, 5:16 AM   #4
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I would use either A or preferably M to get better control over your shots. I shoot the majority of my sports work in manual so exposure is not all over the place with different coloured kits confusing the camera.

The only time when I stray away from M is when there is regular changes in cloud cover so lighting is all over the place.

However if you are just getting into trying sports then go for A, set the aperture wide open, start with the lens zoomed as wide as possible and set to f2.8, zoom to maximum which will then stop then lens down to f3.7 so this is the least amount of light you will be letting in. At this pointadjust the ISO so you are getting 1/800s so you can freeze the action well, if light is bad then settle for 1/500s but there will be potentially some blur. If you were to use P mode the camera is likely to select some middle settings not giving you the fastest possible shutter speed which is your goal in shooting the majority of sports.

I would turn IS off as there is a chance that it will try to counter your panning/tracking movements. If you have a monopod that will be your best tool to help getting added stability if you are going to be spending a lot of time near the max zoom which is very likely with soccer.
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Old Feb 5, 2009, 8:30 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. I'll try those settings. As far as IS, should I use mode 1 or 2 for soccer action?
I like IS mode 2 but it is a personal preference, more than anything else In all the FZs I have mode 2 is slightly more effective but not by much......and I would definitely avoid manual mode untill you get much more accustom to the camera and get more than a basic understanding of exposure.

I also never turn off IS except for long exposures on a tripod.
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The only reason for turning it off when shooting sports is that the panning and quick direction changes can make the photos worse with IS on than off. In other areas I agree about leaving it on.
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