Yes yes that is all very helpful and gives me more knowledge which i appriciate greatlty. now when i set my camera to av mode i have choices of numbers from 5.6 thru 32. im not sure which one would work out best nor do i excatly know what those numbers are. i take it their the aparcture setting. then when i have those next to that is my shutter speed which i think is only going to 15. now that i understand the process i just cant figure out this camera and what should be what. any more help would be great!
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Re: new response to night shots
Hey matty reps, The numbers you are seeing represent the size of the aperture. The smaller the number you set the camera to the larger the opening in the lens that lets light thru, and the larger the number is the smaller the opening is. The closer you are to your subject the smaller aperture you can use (larger#'s) because you will need less light from the flash to reach the sensor, and the farther away you are from your subject the larger the aperture (smaller#'s) you will need to use. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
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Set camera to M90 or B, it will free the shutter. If if fires at these settings but not others then you have an electronic problem. If it does not fire at M90 or B then you have a mechanical problem. Clean the battery cap with a hard eraser and make sure the batteries are in correctly - does the battery check work? Also check to make sure that the battery compartment is not broken. Using a thin round tool, insert it into the battery compartment and push down slightly (not Hard!) and see if the battery compartment gives or you see a crank. Also check for impact around the rewind knob. The FRE resister plate there is made of glass and impact breaks it.
Your camera is equipped with a sports setting on the command dial see diagram Diagram here
This setting will freeze fast moving subjects and if you keep your finger on the shutter it will shoot continuously. Knot knowing how bright the playing field is I'm going to suggest going with a good ISO 800 film. My preference is Fujifilm but I don't know where in the world you are and you may have access to an 800 speed film on another brand. You have a great lens for doing this so camera lens film and the sport setting should be all you need with the Rebel XS. Now one thing if the built in flash decides to pop up just close it down. What I use to do if the flash became annoying was I set a little black bag over it and carried a couple sets of batteries. I liked using this mode because it let me concentrate on the players, game and composition rather then fiddling with the camera controls, let it do it's thing you just need to capture the action. Watch for the shutter speed blinking which will indicate that the shutter speed has dropped into a 1/60 or less zone and camera shake my blur the picture. Another setting I used was AV which is aperture value still using the Fujifilm ISO 800 I would set the aperture on the lens at F5.6 my lens was an F4, if your lens is say an F3.5 you would use F4.5. In AV mode you will not have the flash pop up or the shutter speed warning. Focus is the big thing you can blur the whole picture put if the players eye are sharp and clear you just aced the shot. Motion blur shows movement but focus on the eyes open the frame up show some of the players environment and you will be the hero in the club house when the pictures come in. Another thing Don't cheap out on the processing get a good custom lab to process the film one that is going to correct the pictures not run 'em through on auto feed. Take lots of film and plan on using all of it. Cheers have fun at the game(s)
What your are trying to do can be very difficult. First is with a 75-300mm lens you are going to have a hard time keeping the camea steady...I suggest a monopod. Set the camera for Action shots ISO-1600...you will need a shutter speed at least 250th of a sec. to get decent action shots.
I seriously, I mean, really, suggest you get the owner's manual if you don't have one. Look online. Somehow, find one you can download.
The other post said you had a M in the viewfinder. Your camera is set on Manual. You have total control, and the camera cannot react to different light levels. Take it out of Manual mode. Put it in Program mode, or Av. Program mode is identified on the dial as a P. If the dial does not turn easily, do NOT force it. There's likely a small button nearby. press it and turn the dial to P. Now the camera's internal computer can sense the light from the light meter and set exposure accordingly. The manual will tell you if you need to set the lens a certain way in order for the camera to set aperture for you. If you don't do that, the camera can only set shutter speed for you. Camera controls exposure, the amount of light that reaches the film, by aperture and shutter speed. I also suggest you get yourself some basic photography books, and join a local camera club. The library has lots of books you can read for free.
Hey matty reps, Aperture priority is a setting on most SLR cameras where you choose the aperture, which is the size of the opening in the lens that lets light thru, and the camera chooses a shutter speed that provides a correct exposure. The smaller the opening in the lens the less light that gets thru to expose the film so the shutter has to stay open longer to provide a correct exposure, but the smaller the aperture you use the larger the depth of field. Depth of field is how far in front and behind the subject things are in sharp focus. Canon refers to aperture priority as Av mode. With flash photography the camera usually sets the shutter speed to a designated speed called xsync speed, which is probably 1/90th of a second since this is what you said the camera was setting it to, but that speed is irrelevant since the duration of the flash is what determines the exposure time with flash photography which is usually around 1/10000 of a second (easily fast enough to stop almost any action). In aperture priority with a flash the smaller the aperture you use the more that will be in focus but more light will be needed from the flash and the closer you will need to be to your subject. A hotshoe mounted flash will help tremendously. I hope I didn't confuse you more, but as I said before you are attempting something difficult to do in photography. Keep trying and you'll get it! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
Hey matty reps, You are attempting one of the most challenging types of photography there is, because you are combing nighttime photography and action photography. If you want to stop the action you normally would be using the highest shutter speed possible, but since you are trying to take nighttime action photographs I would rely on a flash since the flash duration in essence becomes your shutter speed. I would definitely use a hotshoe mounted flash because the built in flash will most likely not be powerful enough for your needs. I would have the camera set to aperture priority so I could control the depth of field, because the smaller the aperture the larger depth of field you will have and the less likely your subject will be out of focus. If you are attempting natural light nighttime action photography you will definitely need a very fast film speed such as 3200 speed film which will provide significant loss of image quality. You will also need a very fast lens meaning a lens with an aperture of at least f2.8 or larger, and your camera in this scenario should be set to shutter priority so you can set the camera to the fastest shutter speed possible but this will present focusing issues. In both scenarios I would have the AF system set to continuous so the camera doesn't require you to achieve focus to be able to trip the shutter. As in all challenging photography situations more photos are better than less, because you should have more failed photos than successful. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
Yes, the Pentax ME Super has a built-in light meter. It is used by the ME Super in order to determine the correct exposure settings when the camera is used in the "A" (Autoexposure) & "AV" (Aperture-priority) exposure modes.
I don't mean to insult you, but have you tried new batteries?
Sometimes the meter fails when the batteries don't have enough juice.