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Blurr and dark pictures, ISO setting at highest, TV mode,

Taking basketball pictures - fast action

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  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    To JohnLeF
    I get blurred and dark pictures, with ISO at highest setting (1600).
    when I take basketball game pictures indoor with regular low gym lighting. I set the White balance to florescence, and still get blurred and dark pictures. So help

  • John LeFebvre May 11, 2010

    Still need to know which lens is being used so I can provide suitable help.

  • John LeFebvre May 11, 2010

    You need to specify what lens you are using, whether this is indoor or outdoor, what the lighting is like, time of day etc etc...

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The picture are blurred because you use probably a tele lens, you need a pod. Picture are darkbecause there is not enough light. increase time (you need a pod)

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I have a Nikon d200 and need to take sports photos in a basketball court The sport is very fast moving. What should I set the camera to. Lately the photos are dark and or blurry


You want the fastest shutter speed you can get and the largest aperture possible.
If you're close enough and it's allowed, use the flash. The flash will freeze the action. However, it's likely to give you a dark background instead of a blurry background.
If not, use the Aperture Priority mode. Open the lens to its maximum aperture (smallest f/number). This will give you the fastest shutter speed for the existing lighting conditions. The fast shutter speed will freeze the action and the large aperture will blur the background, though the amount of freezing may be limited if the lighting is relatively dark, as in a high school gym.
Be aware that if you're shooting indoors you're going up against the laws of physics. The human eye can adapt much better than any camera. A high school gym will appear light enough once you've been inside for a few minutes, but it is much, much darker than a bright day outdoors.

Apr 28, 2012 | Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm...

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Basketball game pictures are blurry


basketball game is a fast moving object which is hard to take the picture perfectly sometimes

always using a flash, or external flash for more lighting support, set the shutter at about 1/80 or faster, ISO setting is 400 to avoid darker result, the Aperture should be set at the biggest number such as f 1,4

hope this advice help you

Dec 20, 2010 | Nikon D60 Digital Camera

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What should I set the Nikon D80 on to take basketball pictures? when I put it on the lowest aperage I still have a little blurring. On auto it is too dark and when I put it on shutter speed it was also too...


I take it you're shooting indoors?

To get the fastest possible shutter speed, use the Aperture-priority (A) mode and turn the sub-command dial on the front counterclockwise until the numbers stop changing. This sets the lens at its widest aperture.

Even at your lens's widest aperture, the shutter speed will usualy be too slow to freeze the action. You can ease the situation a little by increasing the ISO, though this will result in additional noise. Personally, I'd prefer a noisy picture over a blurry picture.

If the action is close enough, you can use your flash (assuming it's permitted).

Adding lights to the gym is probably out of the question :-(

Other than that, about the only thing you can do is to use a faster lens. But then you're talking $2000 for a stop or two. That's one (or 2000) of the things that separates the _Sports Illustrated_ photographers from the rest of us.

Jan 29, 2010 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

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No image in sports mode


Sports mode gives you a high shutter speed. Continuous just allows the camera to keep taking pictures as long as you hold the shutter button and keep the autofocus moving.
You need very high Iso capabilities (6400+) and very fast lenses (f1.8, f2.0, f2.8) to shoot indoor sports and night games under lights and stop motion without a very powerful flash system. Standard consumer stuff just can't do it and even with a good flash it cannot work very far.
You can set the camera to night mode and it will give you your highest iso and slow shutter speeds but you will end up with motion blur.
I shoot a D300($1600) and a 70-200mm F2.8($1900) and I can just barely get away with it. To do it right cost about $8000! I'm now professionally shooting just to pay for the next camera. Hobby too Hell in a hurry.

Sep 14, 2009 | Digital Cameras

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Canon rebel xsi, using 75-300 lens, taking photos of basketball game, pictures are blurry, especially the ones in "action" using the sports mode. also tried my 18-55 IS lens, same thing happening, using...


That's a big lens and for sports photography you are going to need a lot of light to ensure you can use a fast shutter speed to capture the action. Sports mode may do too much for you and you might want to try switching to a more manual mode. Try switching to Tv mode which gives shutter speed priority. Set the shutter speed to something around 1/150 or higher (1/200) which should be fast enough to freeze the action. Make sure the ISO is set to 200 or 400 for best results and see how you get on. This should stop any action based blur which would leave you with focus problems if the pictures are still blurry. Check out http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos450d for info on what this camera can really do for you

Jul 28, 2009 | Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera

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Dark photos at night


Before you shoot, try pressing it half-way so the camera can take information how dark it is, then press fully to take the picture. Do this every time you shoot, half-press for a second, then full press to take the picture. If this isn't rectified, check if you have custom ISO settings in the camera, set it to the highest possible value.

May 06, 2009 | Digital Cameras

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When taking photos at a basketball game and with my setting on the sports setting my pictures are coming out blurry and out of focus. How might I correct this?


Does the background look blurry? I suspect what you are getting is called motion blur. You need a faster shutter speed, which is either possible by having more light in the room or a faster lens.

If you want to try to get the best shot (with your existing equipment) possible of sports under low light conditions you may have to set some controls manually.
Use the Av mode, and set the Av number to the smallest one possible.
Adjust the ISO by pushing the ISO button on the back and setting it to the highest value (note: this results in a "noisy" picture, you will sacrifice color and see some specks in dark areas)
Set your frame advance to continuous by pressing the button on the left of the circle and setting it to the one that looks like multiple pictures.
And set your focus to "AI Servo" by pressing the "AF" button to the right of the circle and choosing "AF Servo".
Then shoot away.

Let me know how that works.

Mar 03, 2009 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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Blurry action pictures!


This Powershot A590 camera has a Kids and Pets mode that may help. If that doesn't work, you need to set your camera to Shutter Priority (TV) mode on the dial. Then you use the arrows to increase or decrease the shutter speed setting. Depending on the sport/action, your shutter may need to be 1/400 up to 1/1000 or higher.

You may find you don't have enough light to get a fast shutter speed at the standard ISO, so you may also need to increase the ISO. Only increase it as much as needed to get your shots, and don't forget to return it to a lower ISO when you are done. You set the ISO from the Func/Set button menu.

You will have a relatively shallow area of focus (called depth of field) unless you have a LOT of light and are using a relatively slower shutter (e.g. 1/400 vs 1/1000). So be sure to keep the center of the focus on the player you are shooting.

Check your user manual for instructions on how to change to the AV mode and how to set the ISO. If you don't have your user manual, you can download it here, from Canon.

Finally, this type of camera tends to have a lot of "shutter lag" between when you press the shutter and when it takes the photo. You need to plan ahead and press the shutter in advance of the "peak action" when you want to capture the photo.

Dec 17, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Digital Camera

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Concert settings


Hey Osfan,
I will start by saying concert photographs are some of the hardest images to capture successfully. The first thing you probably should do is set the iso to the highest setting possible which on this camera is iso 800. Since it sounds like you want to stop the action I would have the camera set to shutter priority mode or manual mode so you can control the shutter speed yourself. I would have the flash on at all times, and with this camera at iso 800 the flash should cover subjects 27.9 feet away at the wide-angle setting to 18.7 feet away at the most telephoto setting. I hope my suggestions help!

Sincerely,
Allan
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May 23, 2008 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K Digital Camera

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Trying to take pictures in low light conditions inside a theater.


when you use high ISO like 800-1600 it will create big novice on image, and when you using law ISO it will be dark for sure.
so the solution is switch cam to TV mode and put into very law shutter speed and use ISO 200-400,make sure you are connected to tripod or else you will not get fine results with law shutter speed. point is when you use law shutter speed camera will take more light to censor even with law ISO your images will be perfect.

Dec 06, 2007 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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