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Action pics with a long lens

I was getting great pics in the day time with the extended lens. now when it starts to get dark, i get blurry, not good pics. i purchased a extended flash, but it doesnt work. i am trying to take football pics of my son in action on the field. last year i got great pics with the extended lens on the action pics, but this year we are playing later in the evenging and as soon as the lights come on, i get blurred pics. i changed the settings to dark in the back round, it helped a little with the clarity, but the blurry with the action gets worse. what can i try to improve my pics. let me know if you need examples of the pics, on how they are coming out. i can photofix them to lighten them, but i cant fix the blurry pics---or what ever is happening to them. thank you for any assistance dione

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Re: action pics with a long lens

What you are experiencing is not blur, its camera shake. You are shooting in low light so the shutter speed is being reduced by the camera's automatic features. Also the longer the lens (the farther you zoom), the higher the shutter speed you need. Even for non moving objects or when panning the shutter speed should be at least one stop above the focal length. ie - 300mm lens = 500 or 1000 shutter AT LEAST! (and don't forget, if its a film lens on your rebel, thats actually 300mm x 1.6 =480mm, so 1000 shutter or higher min.) Moving objects require even faster shutters. Solutions: Get faster (also called brighter) lenses which can be pricey. In low light use higher iso settings in the camera menu. Shoot in either manual or Tv mode and choose the higher shutter speeds while using the light meter to decide aperture. Use wider angle lenses or back off the zoom and move closer. Stabilizers built into the lens can steady the shot by two to four times as well.

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