How do I prevent blurry action photos at a footballl game?

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Posted 9/10/2013 by amom23 in General Photography
 

amom23
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Posted: 9/10/2013 10:06:59 AM
I have a new Canon t4i that came with 18-55 and 75-300 kit lenses. When I try to use the 75-300 lens to zoom in all my shots are blurry. Granted I am very much a bigginer and have left my camera mode or auto and/or sports, but I'm pretty disappointed at how blurry my pictures are. I have no trouble using that lens for still shorts.

Is it me or do I not have the right lens for sports photos?


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Posted: 9/10/2013 10:20:52 AM
What is happening is that you are not getting a fast enough shutter to stop the action. Especially when you zoom your aperatures are stopping down which in turn makes the camera select slower shutter speeds. A good lens for this would be the 70-200 f2.8 fixed. It allows you to use 2.8 wide open aperture anywhere in the zoom. Downside is its very expensive and heavy. If you try manual and up the iso to like 1200 or so and select the most open aperature for the range thats available that will give you a faster shutter. Or depending on how close you are you could try flash.


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Posted: 9/10/2013 12:31:46 PM
What coolbeans said, and also, if you are shooting at the 300 end of the range any unsteadiness in the camera as you hold it will add to the blurriness. A faster shutter speed and using a tripod, or at least something to brace the camera would help.

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Posted: 9/10/2013 10:35:27 PM
Thanks for the suggestions ladies!


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Posted: 9/15/2013 2:43:03 PM
Also use a monopod or rest your camera on a ledge of some sort. Sometimes blur comes from moving the camera even if the movement is from pushing the button too hard and causing movement.

I have had really blurry shots from poor light settings or wrong settings. As they said about shutter settings. You can also set your shutter high enough on Shutter Priority and let the camera help you until you understand what settings work. Study the settings to see what worked and what didn't. I learn a lot from simple things like that.

Keep trying. it will come over time.
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Posted: 9/30/2013 7:02:57 PM
On your kit 70-300 lens it probably will only stop down to 5.6 when zoomed all the way to 300. Add to that the fact that the general rule of thumb for shutter speed is you need to have your shutter speed equal or greater than your focal length. So that means if you're shooting with a 50mm lens you need to be at minimum 50 shutter speed. At 300mm, you need a shutter speed of at least 300. Plus, you're shooting fast-moving subjects. Sports photography is a whole different type of shooting compared to portraiture.

Check to see if your ISO has been expanded on your T4i. I think they come out of the box with lower ISO than they are capable of. That may help you a bit. Your photos may be a bit grainy at higher ISO's but grainy is better than blurry. : )

Definitely get a monopod as mentioned above too!

I hope that helps you!
Vera



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Posted: 9/30/2013 7:02:59 PM
On your kit 70-300 lens it probably will only stop down to 5.6 when zoomed all the way to 300. Add to that the fact that the general rule of thumb for shutter speed is you need to have your shutter speed equal or greater than your focal length. So that means if you're shooting with a 50mm lens you need to be at minimum 50 shutter speed. At 300mm, you need a shutter speed of at least 300. Plus, you're shooting fast-moving subjects. Sports photography is a whole different type of shooting compared to portraiture.

Check to see if your ISO has been expanded on your T4i. I think they come out of the box with lower ISO than they are capable of. That may help you a bit. Your photos may be a bit grainy at higher ISO's but grainy is better than blurry. : )

Definitely get a monopod as mentioned above too!

I hope that helps you!
Vera


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