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Sep 15, 2018 14:28:53   #
Deb Gieser
 
I shoot high school football and having lots of focus problems, they're not as sharp as they should be and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I have attached a few photos. In the first photo it's soft and the player chasing the QB, his hands are real blurry, why? The other two, I wanted you to see what I'm talking about regarding sharpness. Help!! Thanks!







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Sep 15, 2018 14:38:58   #
chris100849
 
First look and thought... The shutter speed is to slow,
Second thought, adjust your depth of field by using a smaller aperture (f16)

Doing these two things should help, likely you will have to push up your iso to accomplish those two things.
For example, try a couple shoots on manual, using f16, 1/500 and adjust th iso to get the correct exposure.

I'll look forward to seeing the next batch of pictures, which I guess will be a week from now for Friday night football. Good luck

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Sep 15, 2018 14:43:17   #
Flyerace
 
It would be a good idea to know what your settings were when you made your photos. You need speed to stop the motion. If you can't make it stop, increase the ISO and allow the camera to adjust for lack of light. Good luck next week.

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Sep 15, 2018 14:50:42   #
Deb Gieser
 
Sorry, I meant to put that in. My settings are Av, 2.8, 1/250, iso 2500 on the first photo.

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Sep 15, 2018 14:51:54   #
Deb Gieser
 
So I need to take if off of Av and switch to manual?

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Sep 15, 2018 15:35:37   #
vonzip (a regular here)
 
As mentioned earlier a higher shutter speed and smaller aperture. This will probably increase your iso and try shooting in manual. vz

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Sep 15, 2018 15:51:12   #
Deb Gieser
 
Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I will absolutely make the adjustments and let you know!! :)

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Sep 15, 2018 16:09:30   #
Dave327
 
What camera & lens are you using?

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Sep 15, 2018 16:24:24   #
Deb Gieser
 
Canon 70D and 70-200 Ii IS 2.8

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Sep 15, 2018 18:08:45   #
cyberbo60
 
I use mine on tv with shutter at 1250.

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Sep 15, 2018 18:24:34   #
AndyH (a regular here)
 
Shutter priority with a set speed of 1/500. Make sure you’re getting an aperture Of at least f8 for adequate depth of field. Float the ISO. You can also do it in manual - try setting the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO in that order.

Andy

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Sep 15, 2018 23:42:04   #
amfoto1 (a regular here)
 
Deb Gieser wrote:
Sorry, I meant to put that in. My settings are Av, 2.8, 1/250, iso 2500 on the first photo.


Use a higher ISO so you can use a faster shutter speed. 1/250 isn't sufficient to freeze rapid movement. ISO 5000 would let you use 1/500, which will be just about the minimum speed needed to freeze most movement. You'll probably have to continue to use f/2.8 to have any hope of shooting "under the lights". This will mean shallower depth of field, but to stop down to f/4 would mean doubling ISO again, and ISO 10000 might be too noisy (though I have used ISO 12800 and even ISO 16000 at times).

Higher ISO will mean more noise in your images. How much really depends upon the camera. Most newer models are a lot better than those from just a few years ago. If noise is a problem, shoot RAW and use noise reduction in post processing.

You actually can use any of the exposure modes... If lighting is variable Shutter Priority (Tv) would probably be best so you can lock in a faster shutter speed. But if lighting is pretty even you could use M, instead. You'll have to be careful that you aren't underexposing, though.

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Sep 15, 2018 23:56:45   #
Deb Gieser
 
Thanks Alan, upgrading my camera is not in the cards for me, so I'll bump that ISO up and see what happens!! I'll let you all know how it goes next week!!! :)

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Sep 16, 2018 07:30:57   #
LCD
 
At ISO 2500 this may be your best resolution.

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Sep 16, 2018 08:01:26   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 
Are you shooting in sports mode? Using that setting often works wonders.

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