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Indoor sports pictures

I am trying to take pictures of a diver doing somersaults and dives off a board indoors and cannot get one without blur. I have tried shutter speed, manual, automatic, indoor sports mode and panning and nothing seems to work. Could you suggest any settings for me. There are spotlights in the building as well. I am probably about 15 metres away from the diver
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For sports photography, and especially indoors, you really need to be looking at a digital SLR camera. To freeze that sort of motion you need to be looking at a shutter speed of around 1/200 sec or less.
Most compacts won't do this as the light through the small lenses is a lot less than with an SLR. I've just looked at the sports mode on my wife's DMC-TZ5 and it doesn't even tell me anything about shutter speeds or aperture sizes, it's all automatically controlled by the camera.
The only way you would be able to make any difference with your camera is to increase the ISO setting to the highest possbile setting (1600 on the TZ5). The will reduce the blurring somewhat, but will also introduce some noise and graininess into your photos.
See how you get on, if not good enough I strongly recommend you hire a digital SLR for weekend and see the difference it would make - but you would also need a decent lens and this is where SLRs get very expensive!
Good luck
John

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

  • John LeFebvre Feb 07, 2009

    I've just noticed the High Sensitivity mode on my TZ5 does the high ISO setting for you so might be the best mode to try. This has the icon of the ballet dancer when choosing in SCN mode.

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