Shooting sports at night/indoors

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by john, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. john

    john Guest

    Hi folks,

    I usually shoot auto racing outside during the day (along with the usual
    family shots indoors and out, etc.). I'd like to look at shooting things
    like a football game at night/indoors or an indoors hockey game.

    My equipment isn't professional, but I think it should be good enough:

    Nikon D70 (shooting RAW or JPEG)
    Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF
    Sigma 135/400mm f3.5/4.5 AF

    So I took my stuff to an indoor football game, and shot from the first row
    of seats, just right behind where the on-field photographers were. I was
    very displeased with my results. Even though the lighting was what you'd
    expect for an indoor stadium (decent), and even though I set the camera to
    ISO 800, the best speed I seemed to get at f/2.8 was 1/160th of a second.
    Obviously, that's useless for most sports action shots.

    I tried using my Speedlight 600, but of course that doesn't work when the
    action is more than a few dozen yards away. And even for the closer stuff,
    it looks "obviously" like a flash photo.

    Does anyone have any tips for shooting sports indoors or at night?

    Thanks so much in advance!
    john, Jul 11, 2004
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  2. Yes, link into the arena's global flash system. They have those
    because there is no other way with current technology.
    Georgette Preddy, Jul 12, 2004
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  3. john

    Justin Thyme Guest

    It's all in the lens - If you get a faster lens you will be able to use a
    faster shutter. eg in same lighting if your lens was an F2, you would be
    using a 1/320th shutter which is almost passable. F1.4 lens and you are
    down to 1/640th which is quite acceptable. Don't expect to get a lens of
    the order of 200mm at F2 or F1.4 for a low price. If you ever notice at the
    olympics etc, there are heaps of photographers with HUUGE lenses - this is
    why. The only other way around getting a super-fast lens is to use higher
    ISO's - in film terms 1600 or even 3200 are commonly used. With your F2.8
    lens, ISO 1600 would be a 1/320th shutter, while ISO 3200 would be 1/640th.
    Your D70 can be set up to ISO 1600. You could also try under-exposing by a
    stop, and then brightening in photoshop - this can be quite comfortably
    achieved with film (especially B&W) - you should be able to go to 1 stop
    under on the D70 without losing too much detail. 1 stop under at ISO1600
    will give you a 1/640th shutter which should be doing a pretty good job of
    freezing your subject.
    Justin Thyme, Jul 12, 2004
  4. John-

    Thanks for posting this as it is on my to do list for my website
    "shooting at night". Right now there are two links for shooting with
    strobes indoors. One for with 550EX's (SB-26's) and one for with
    dynalites. It's an easy concept to learn and just as easy to master. and click the tips link. (it's a frames site,
    so I can't just give you the direct URL, sorry)

    Otherwise, you'll need to shoot at a little higher ISO if possible.
    You're 2.8 lens would be the only lens I would use as the other one is
    just too slow.

    Sorry to cut this short, have to take off mid post. Good luck, more

    Thomas E. Witte
    Thomas E. Witte, Jul 12, 2004
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    Roe Thomas Guest

    My thought seeing your shooting sports at night header was "drive by shooters in LA
    Roe Thomas, Jul 13, 2004
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