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    Tips on settings for football pics.

    Hi, im new to the forum and looking for basic tips on action shots, these pics are taken in auto sport at my lads football.
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    Re: Tips on settings for football pics.

    Quote Originally Posted by moogy675 View Post
    Hi, im new to the forum and looking for basic tips on action shots, these pics are taken in auto sport at my lads football.
    Welcome to PhotographyREVIEW.com! These photos aren't bad. It looks like with a few tips, you could tune them up a bunch

    I haven't shoot football / soccer but there are guys here who shoot it regularly. One thing that will help them help you, is for you to tell us what camera and lenses you have. Also, can you tell us what shooting mode you use?
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    Re: Tips on settings for football pics.

    I'm using a Sony Alpha 200x, the lens is a macro 4.5-5.6/75-300, these pics are shot using sport auto setting.

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    Re: Tips on settings for football pics.

    Quote Originally Posted by moogy675 View Post
    I'm using a Sony Alpha 200x, the lens is a macro 4.5-5.6/75-300, these pics are shot using sport auto setting.
    I haven't used that camera / lens combo so I don't know how the auto focus performance is. I can't quite remember how the sport setting works, either. Auto focus is always my biggest concern with action photos, though. If your photo isn't in focus, it's no good. Are you using one auto focus point and trying to keep it on the action? That's what I'd do. Letting the camera choose what to focus on will let you down too often. I think you'll find most of the sports shooters here select one point and keep it on our subject.

    The other thing to work on is shutter speed. In general, a sports scene mode will keep the shutter speed fast to freeze action. But it's still an auto mode and it may not always do exactly what's best. I suggest you try using shutter priority, which allows you to choose the shutter speed and then sets the appropriate aperture for you. Some of the images you posted have some motion blur and could benefit from a faster shutter speed. Are you paying attention to what shutter speed was used in these photos? It wouldn't hurt to do some analysis to get an idea of what shutter speed you need to freeze the kids in action.
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