|Posted: 10/21/2013 9:17:40 PM|
I just purchased a new lens for my Canon DSLR (55-250 f4.0-5.6). Definitely not a fancy lens, but with the holidays coming up, I purchased what we could afford for now.
My husband took the camera and lens to my son's soccer game on Saturday and almost all the photos are blurry. All but 2. It was sunny outside and looking at the settings, he should have been able to get some good, crisp shots (f5.6, 1/1250, he did have his ISO high for being outside @400). I noticed the same problem when I was shooting my son and husband riding bikes outside earlier last week... blurry. Especially at the 250mm focal length. What the heck am I doing wrong? The images look flat, blurry, and it's almost like the subject is blending into the background, creating really awful photos. I'm not a professional, but I can usually get some decent shots. This new lens is driving me crazy!
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|Posted: 10/27/2013 4:30:28 PM|Is he hand holding the camera? Its really hard to use that or any other telescoping lens steady while shooting sports, no matter how well you think you are steadying yourself by locking your elbows in.
I would use a tripod or monopod and see if that helps.
This tutorial is about football, but it can be applied soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.
Best of luck. Hope he gets some better shots next time.
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|Posted: 10/27/2013 6:26:43 PM|
For fast action shots, especially sports, your shutter speed should be at least 800. I usually do 1000 to make sure I capture the action. The ISO is fine at 400 and can go even higher to accommodate the faster shutter speed. Hope this helps.
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|Posted: 10/27/2013 7:55:17 PM|
Thank you so much for responding!
I didn't think about bringing our tripod... I will definitely do that next weekend.
And thanks for the link... I am off to read it now!
Loc: Erie, PA
|Posted: 10/27/2013 8:19:37 PM|
Thats a pretty fast shutter speed especially if your are doing little kids soccer. I would not think you would need a tripod if you are shooting at 1250. I'm wondering if the focus point was not on your subject. Can you post an example? If its more like an image not in crisp focus it is probably due to focus point and depth of field. If you see a motion blur then that would indicate the motion type blur which a tripod or faster shutter would help.
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|Posted: 10/29/2013 9:16:24 PM|
I was thinking focal point, too. Is the whole pic out of focus or just the subject?
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Loc: Charlotte, NC
|Posted: 10/30/2013 8:08:07 PM|
That's what I was thinking. You shouldn't need a tripod in bright sunlight at 1/1250th. I bet he just missed focus on the subject. There's probably a perfectly focused patch of grass somewhere in the image. Also check the a/m switch to make sure your lens isn't in manual mode.
Thats a pretty fast shutter speed especially if your are doing little kids soccer. I would not think you would need a tripod if you are shooting at 1250. I'm wondering if the focus point was not on your subject.
|Posted: 11/5/2013 6:41:23 PM|Let me figure out how to post a photo.
Loc: Erie, PA
|Posted: 11/5/2013 7:01:38 PM|
Cool crafty mom. Hopefully you can find the instructions. They might be on one of the tagged messages that stays visible.
|Canon 7D and XTi
|Posted: 11/8/2013 7:54:23 AM|
I'd also like to see an image. You should have no problem getting a crisp image with the settings you posted. I'm also leanin more toward focus being off... Please post an image when you can.
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|Posted: 11/8/2013 9:31:24 AM|
EIther the focus point was off, or possibly he had it on manual focus and didnt realize it.
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