I was asked to take photos of a Soccer team yesterday.
I had a terrible experience. It was a very sunny day, no clouds at all. I had found a tiny tree and had the kids pose under it so I could get there faces not too washed out. Well, it didn't work. The shade was fine but behind them was very bright, blown out grass.
I am a novice at this and I was wondering if someone could help.
I have a d70. I need to know how to set my camera to not blow out the grass (or their white team shirts for that matter)
Any help would be appreciated.
#1. "RE: Youth Sports Photography - Sunny day" | In response to Reply # 0reuben Nikonian since 21st Jan 2004Sun 20-Nov-05 09:29 PM
first, try to position them so that there isn't a huge difference in brightness (large dynamic range) between the players and the backgroud (or foreground). you can see this by using the highlight or "blinkies" image display in the lcd.
second, try to position them with a pleasing, not too bright background. often trees will suffice, especially if they're not brightly lit. but if the players faces are in the sun then the background probably will be, too. a brick wall or other uniform surface can also work. the farther away the background is the more out of focus it'll be, which is generally a good thing.
third, try some negative EV compensation. you may find that you have to dial in so much negative compensation that their faces are too dark, but you can rectify this to some degree in postprocessing using curves and similar tools.
#3. "RE: Youth Sports Photography - Sunny day" | In response to Reply # 1BILIRUBIN Basic MemberWed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM
I too spent Saturday trying to get photographs in intense but low lying Autumn light. With the players in direct sunlight all I got were washed out faces and overbright shorts. So I tried shooting at an angle to get rim or sidelighting. Using the spot meter mode to get details in the face I let the highlights, the 'rim', blow out. A little work was need in curves and levels but the results were pleasing. Didn't help that I couldn't get the horizon straight though!
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