I was at a local high school lacrosse game trying to take photos. I have a new Nikon D810. The lens was a Nikon 28 to 300, 3.5 to 5.6. I do not know what I was doing wrong, pictures were nonexistent. I tried manual and S mode. Lights were terrible other photographers got photos. ISO was moved full range low to high (4000)no luck. Any suggestions? Thank you, Bob
The lens was a Nikon 28 to 300, 3.5 to 5.6.
The lens might not be the whole answer, but it sounds like this was a night game, and you were probably shooting more at the long end of the lens's range, so the maximum aperture would've been around 5.6. And since you were shooting fast-moving action, you probably had the shutter speed set fast enough to stop motion, maybe 1/500s? Bumping the ISO up should help, but 1/500s at f/5.6 just doesn't give you a lot of light when you're shooting at night. The field lights will seem bright, but they're nowhere near as bright as the sun.
The photographers who got good shots likely used some combination of: a faster lens and a camera that can get decent shots at ISO settings higher than yours. They might have figured out where the lights were brightest and positioned themselves close to that spot. They might have used a somewhat longer exposure and tried to time their shots for moments when there's the least motion, like a pause just before a shot.
Another possibility is, when shooting Manual, the meter readout inside the viewfinder will inform you if the exposure is high/low/just right, but will not override your exp setting. This is pretty much the purpose of Manual: it gives you the ability to be creative, compensate for tricky lighting conditions, etc. With Shutter mode, not sure, but it's possible that the field lights were so bright that they silhouetted the players. The 810 should have great latitude, so normally you should still get a decent shot out of it, but it really depends how strong the light was.