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Old Jan 15, 2006, 2:09 PM   #1
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE INDOOR BASKETBALL GAME WITH THE DIGITAL SONY 717


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Old Jan 15, 2006, 7:27 PM   #2
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Depends.

Can you set the shutter speed manually (shutter priority)?

What is the maximum ISO of your camera?

What is the speed of the lens (ie. max F2.8??)

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Old Jan 16, 2006, 12:50 AM   #3
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I'll give you some direction if you promise to stop shouting - DON'T TYPE ALL CAPS, it's bad etiquette.

Hopefully you have a well lit gym.

Here are some of the problems you will have:
1. The highest ISO you have is 800, most gyms need 1600 or 3200. (there is good news that might help this problem.)
2. If you try to auto focus the lag time between pushing the button and the camera taking a picture ranges between 1/2 second to more than one second. That is a major problem. (I have a fix for you.)
3. At 800 ISO your images will exhibit a lot of digital noise (that's not good).

Here is the good news:
1. Your lens is a benefit the focal length is good 38-190 and its fast f2.0-2.4. This will help to compensate for the marginal ISO (800).
2. To compensate for the slow auto focus you can so two things - focus manually or pre-focus.
A. Pre-focus means you focus on a spot on the floor and when your subject gets there you shoot. Actually anything in a arch that is the same distance away as your focus point will be in focus.
B. Manual focusing is better IF you can tell when the subject is in focus or not. With an electronic viewfinder that may be hard to do. But either of these techniques will shorter the lag time to 1/10 of a second.
3. Your camera can shoot 2.5 frames per second for three frames - cool! But then it locks up for more than 10 seconds while it records the images - not cool!

If you would like to try it once here's what you'll have to do.
1. Get out your instruction book.
2. Set the ISO to 800.
3. Set the f-stop to 2.0 - or as low as it will allow.
4. Set the shutter speed to 250.
Go to the gym early and during warm ups work on that focusing thing and take a few pictures.
5. While shooting check the histogram (you have a live one) and then check the pics after you shoot 'em to see if you think they are too light or dark. Look at skin tones!

If they look good - keep shooting.
If they are too light increase your shutter speed.
If they are a little too dark you may be able to correct them on your computer.
If they are too dark then I would say the answer to your questions is NO.

But then you could try using flash. It's pretty good in your camera but it may be against the rules of the game.

If none of this junk works you might check with other photogs at the game to see if they can shoot who you want and offer to pay them. If it's a high school, check with the yearbook/newspaper instructor - be sure to offer something they can use as a form of payment.

Let us know how it goes.

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Old Jan 16, 2006, 7:24 AM   #4
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hi

sorry, I didn't pay attention to the LETTERS , thank you for all the advices I'll try and tell you how was it going.

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Old Jan 16, 2006, 7:26 AM   #5
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hi

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"yes i can set the shutter speed manualy.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"the highest iso is 1000

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"and speed of lens 2.0

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"thanks


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Old Jan 16, 2006, 11:05 AM   #6
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Set your ISO to the maximum ISO1000?

Set your aperture wide open.

Hope for the best!
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Old Jan 17, 2006, 9:55 PM   #7
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What an incredible answer Africa... I wish I had talked to you when I had my 717.

I just wanted to add one little thing. I always did manual white balance. I don't
know if it's because of mixed lighting but it made a world of difference in the photos.
I always did it no matter where i was shooting but the gyms it was a "Gotta Be"

Oh wait a sec. I used my tripod or monopod all the time with the Sony remote shutter release.

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You and that monopod ......
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