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Outside College Football Game Advice

TMort

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TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Wed 20-Oct-10 12:16 PM | edited Wed 20-Oct-10 07:45 PM by TMort

I will be using my D7000 during an upcoming game and was wondering if any of you could offer some advice. I have upgraded from a D40 so a lot of the settings I am still learning. I will have a 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8 and 18-200mm with me for shooting.

I was hoping to get some advice on where I should have settings for the best shots. IE: Is there an ISO setting you would keep constant? Aperture etc.? I will be taking pics of fans (close ups), full stadium pics and of course the players. I will be located in the South End Zone stands so should be able to get some good TD shots. The Stadium is pretty well lit with the stadium lights, much more than a typical high school game.

Let me know if you need any other info or details in order to give optimal advise. I will post pics unedited (as much as it pains me =p) after the game.

By the way, the game will be Oct. 26, Boise State on ESPN2. =)

Thanks!

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MEMcD

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#1. "RE: Outside College Football Game Advice" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 20-Oct-10 03:30 PM

Hi Tom,

When shooting the game, I would recommend using AF-C, single point AF, with a preffered shutter speed of 1/500th sec. but no slower than 1/250th sec. Which will mean that you will be shooting wide open at f/5.6 @ 200mm with your 18-200mm. The ISO will depend on how good the ambinet light level is. Keep in mind that the Matrix meter may be fooled into over exposure or under exposure depending how dark or bright the background is.

For the close ups and wide shots you can shoot as slow as 1/60th sec. with your 35mm and about 1/80th sec. with your 50mm. You can also use AF-S mode and a single AF point. You might want to stop down the aperture (higher f/#'s) to increase the DOF.
For the close ups you can open the Aperture (f/1.8) to blur the background. Focus on the subjects eye.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

TMort

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#2. "RE: Outside College Football Game Advice" | In response to Reply # 1

TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Wed 20-Oct-10 05:12 PM

Thats exactly the advice I was looking for thanks! I am thinking I will use the 35mm and 50mm lens on m d40 and just keep the zoom on the d7k since it has the better iso capabilities.

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jwheat1

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#3. "RE: Outside College Football Game Advice" | In response to Reply # 1

jwheat1 Registered since 25th Nov 2009
Wed 20-Oct-10 08:50 PM

If you are planning on using a flash (i.e. Nikon SB-600) I would use the AF-C focus mode, 3D-tracking Area Mode, ISO Auto off and set to ISO 800, Lowest possible Aperture Setting (F4 on my 70-200 lens) and Shutter Speed at 250, Shooting mode set to manual. I have had some pretty good results.

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TMort

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#4. "RE: Outside College Football Game Advice" | In response to Reply # 3

TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Wed 20-Oct-10 09:23 PM

Unfort I havnt invested in a flash yet. I'm not sure they allow flashes though.

>If you are planning on using a flash (i.e. Nikon SB-600) I
>would use the AF-C focus mode, 3D-tracking Area Mode, ISO Auto
>off and set to ISO 800, Lowest possible Aperture Setting (F4
>on my 70-200 lens) and Shutter Speed at 250, Shooting mode
>set to manual. I have had some pretty good results.

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MEMcD

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#5. "RE: Outside College Football Game Advice" | In response to Reply # 4

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Thu 21-Oct-10 08:40 PM

Hi Tom,

Shooting the game from the stands would be beyond the range of a Speedlight!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

TMort

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#6. "RE: Outside College Football Game Advice" | In response to Reply # 5

TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Fri 22-Oct-10 05:00 PM

I shot a highschool game last night to practice up for the big game. I was quite pleased with the results and hope to post them soon!

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Gamecocks

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#7. "RE: Outside College Football Game Advice" | In response to Reply # 6

Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Sun 24-Oct-10 12:49 AM

Imo, as Marty mentioned, the distance (check the guide number) that the speedlight will be effective (from stands or sideline) would limit the results; unless you shot at a high ISO and the camera produced the pleasing results or were very close to the action. Glad you got the results you were looking to get.

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