Best Camera Settings for Sports Photography
When it comes to sports photography, capturing the right moment within a fast paced action is the key ...
So how do we get such ... easier now than before due to faster and continuous AF (Auto Focus).
During daylight, what would be the best settings:
- Setting shutter priority/or aperture priority: Normally, sports signifies fast action and as a result one needs to compensate with faster shutter to freeze the moment; to isolate the moving subject, a wider aperture is needed. However, if one needs to show speed with some optical motion blur the a slower shutter may be needed, not that/setting for shooting dark skies of course but slower than what one would want to achieve a frozen stance.
- Setting with different focal lengths: With standard focal length a shutter of 1/200 to 1/800 may be good enough whereas using a telephoto lens those values might not be enough and therefore achieving at least a non blurry shot would require a minimum of 1/focal length value. So if you have a 500mm focal length the minimum shutter speed would be 1/500 and that be mounted on a tripod; for freezing the shot with that focal length a 1/1500 to 1/2000 would be best.
- Working with ISO: for daylight shots an ISO of 100 to 400 would work flawlessly and the more it starts to dim out a higher ISO would be a needed. Do note that ISO varies between camera sensors, so do always see their respective ISO sensitivity reach and act upon that. A full frame sensor FX usually is less prone to inaccurate colors; yet a new/current crop sensor DX can also do the job well.
- Setting AF: I'd use continuous Auto Focus since my subject(s) is always moving and I need to keep track. Setting AF to continuous renders focus more accurate so the photographer can work the composition out with less effort at capturing a correctly focused subject ... here though lens widest lens aperture play an important role; wider aperture results in faster more accurate AF ... along with product build in technology, the lens is always ahead at attaining the best out of the shot within the frame.
Hope the info above helps a bit.
Happy shooting :)
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