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Need help w/ night pics at softball games

I am having trouble with taking pics at night. i am taking pics at night at a softball game, which means i am some what a distance away from the players. i have tried upping the iso so i don't have to use a flash. (i know, i know) i tried different settings, also manual with playing with the aperture and shutter. i also tried using the flash. i will try to up the flash strength next game to see if that would help. i am probably thinking i need to purchase a flash, but want to make sure i have tried everything. i just bought this camera and i don't want to use "automatic" for pictures. i want to learn everything about this camera using different settings. so far i have heard great things about this camera, i have taken some really good pictures in a gymnasium w/no flash- which was surprising. PLEASE HELP!! any suggestions will be greatly appreciated....

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  • lovejoy954 Oct 27, 2008

    I have the same problems with night shots but mine are at football games and half time dance performances. I invested in a really nice Olympus flash thinking this would help (it did in the gym) but my outside pictures are still unuseable. I have tried changing the settings - even took my camera into a gentleman that teaches courses on camera settings and still my pictures are blurry. I have good software to help "wash" the pictures but they are not the quality I was hoping for - still to much noise. What am I doing wrong??? I am using a telephoto lens.

  • Anonymous Oct 29, 2008

    I tried taking pics at night but they arent sharp. Infact they are way too far from being called as good. I tried all the modes and then came to the conclusion that all olympus models have this problem after going thru the reviews on youtube & several other forums. I invested a lot in this camera and its really not worth.



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If all you do is photograph sports at night, don't buy a TTL (through-the-lens) automated strobe. Get yourself a Vivitar 283 or a 285 and shoot it at manual flash. Adjust your f-stop accordingly. They are available at ebay and used camera stores.

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On camera flash will not help in out door sports facilities. If you have maxed the ISO and set it to Aperture priority -which will slow the shutter down and give you camera shake and blurred images as the players dart about- Ho Hum you ain't going to win this one. Buying a bolt on flash I doubt will be powerful enough either, take what you can and get to grips with a good image editor- Though I guess the results will still be 'noisy'

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