My first post here. I thought I would try my hand at shooting some local youth soccer games. The nice part about that is you can shoot from about anywhere you want. I shot a boy's game one week and a girl's game the following week. I shot a lot of frames and I'm posting some of the images I got from those sessions.
I shot with a D80 and 70-300mm VR. The weather for the boy's game was sunny. I was shooting aperture preferred at f/8 and ISO 400. The girl's game on the other hand was mostly cloudy so I shot at f/8 and ISO 1600.
Between the ISO 1600 and cropping there's more noise in the girl's pictures. The girls' long hair flying around does tend to add to the feeling of action I think.
I would say your overall action and cropping is good. However I would suggest raising your aperature to f/5.6 or even f/4 (I'm not sure what your lens' variable range is). While f/8 will get more sharpness in the players, it also gets more of the background in focus which doesn't let the players stand out as much as they should. Lowering your aperature would have also allowed you to use less of a ISO setting helping with the noise in the girl's game pics.
Thanks for your comments. The lens is a 4.5-5.6 so it probably means I should try to shoot more when the action is closer so I can use the shorter end of the zoom range to be closer to the 4.5 aperture. I'll try it next time with the lens wide open.
John, I wouldn't worry about waiting for the action to be near you, there is a whole stop diffrence between f/5.6 and f/8. you would have been able to keep your SS and lower the ISO to 800 on the soccer shots.
try using AP mode and some +EV when shooting into the sun and -EV when it's behind you. Also, even tho I can't see the EXIF data, my guess is you were in Matrix metering, try CW or spot, and meter off the players faces. I'd rather see some blown hightlights in the unis than underexposed faces.
John, I am very new to digital photography, however I have been experimenting with noise reduction due to high ISO settings. Please take a look at my post from today (10-7-08) “Soccer shots using D60”for two examples, taken night/day time before/after noise reduction. Regards, Ziya
I shoot my kids games in Granby. I would also recommend upping the iso or ev since there does appear to more than normal noise. they also seem a little underexposed, but tht may just be my prefrence. Let me know if your kids play against Granby and I can meet you there for a shoot? Are you in the Windsor tournament this weekend?
They are underexposed because the OP was using Matrix metering. The light has to be completely flat to get away with outdoor matrix for sports. Even then I use CW. Tim already gave them some great suggestions...I can't wait to see the results of the next go round!
You're right, it is Curtis Park in Simsbury. My kids are grown but I wish I had my present equipment when my son was playing soccer. I shoot now for the fun of it and in preparation for when my grandsons are playing. They live in Avon and are 5 and 3. Have you got a sked for the Windsor tournament? Maybe I'll stop over if I can.
Also I just got a D300. Love it. Shot a Simsbury HS soccer game right after I took it out of the box and a SHS field hockey game yesterday. I hope to post some shortly.