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Not playing organized games with cameras, but rather the genre of photography which deals with taking pictures of the action.

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Lots of noise in my hockey pictures. What am I doing wrong?

I often take pictures of hockey players but they have a lot of noise and look very bad. I guess my lens doesn't have a big enough aperture, but I'd like to know what I could do to take better shots. I ...
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How do I combine multiple exposures for action shots?

I'd like to create one of those "stacked" action shot images where multiple exposures are combined to show the subject moving across a static background. Here's an example I found on Flickr (by ...
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Recommended shutter speed for action sports?

What shutter speed do professional sports photographers typically use for action sports like football and basketball?
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Why are my football action shots blurry?

I am shooting with a Nikon D5200 using a 55-200mm lens to take photos of a high school football game. I'm using the sports setting but unsure what my other settings should be. Can you please help? ...
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Are full-frame cameras bad for sports photography?

I was reading about crop factor from various places on the internet, and the general idea that kept building in my mind was that full-frame cameras are good for wide-angle shots but not that good for ...
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Why my "action" shots are blurry even shooting on AF-C, is this a lens or camera limitation?

I'm currently using a Nikon 28-200mm AF-D with my D7000. While trying to take action shots (e.g. my dog running or sports) none of the shots seem to be in focus even on AF-C mode. Would this be a ...
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How does the GoPro camera perform for photography?

I've been looking into the GoPro HD Hero 960 as an option for more creative photography pursuits. Examples include high speed exterior car photography, rock climbing, skydiving, bicycle riding, ...
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Are there any cheap, fast lenses capable of highschool sports photography?

I recently took on my first paying client, and she is also into photgraphy. She usually does sports for her highschool yearbook. They just have an entry level Canon DSLR with a kit zoom on it that ...
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How to select lenses for outdoor sports photography?

I would like to get into sports photography, and would probably want a better telephoto lens so I can get better close up shots. What other factors should I keep in mind as I make my choice? Does IS (...
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Best lens for taking pictures of surfers

I'm just trying to decide which new lens to get. I need to take surf and windsurf photos from onshore. Sometimes 300 mm is enough but there are many times they are too far away. I have a sigma 70-300 ...
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What Canon lens would be good for shooting high school/college sports? [duplicate]

I take a lot of pictures of my sons playing High school baseball (and at times lacrosse and soccer). And a lot of my sons' travel baseball games. I have a Canon Rebel EOS XSi (450D) which of course ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

I am very new to photography and trying to improve my skills (I don't even know if I have creativity required for photography). I captured some shots of sports. The link to my album (just 6 pics) is ...
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What camera settings should I use for ice hockey?

I will be shooting some ice hockey actions this week for a fundraiser and was wondering what the ideal camera settings are for a Canon EOS 6D and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. I am planning to set ...
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Fast prime vs. expensive zoom for indoor sports photograhy?

I plan to try shooting my kids' indoor activities (Tae Kwon Do and Figure Skating). I can get pretty close to the action for TKD, and I have access to ice/board level positions for shooting at the ...
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Lighting variances on sport mode

I’m trying to shoot continuous movement indoor im Sport Mode. The room is well lit but the photos come out with drastically varying lighting so some photos in the sequence are well lit while others ...
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Is a 70-200mm f/2.8 without IS suitable for high school sports under artificial lights?

I have an opportunity to buy a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM. It is in like new condition. I need to make offer. I mostly shot high school football and wrestling. I'm not a pro. Will I be OK with ...
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What camera and lens do I need to get started doing sports photography?

I want to find a camera and lens that will for work for sports photography, specifically soccer and basketball. I would like to be able zoom in across the field for some good action shots. I am ...
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Why isn't my DSLR focusing accurately on a fast-moving subject?

Here is a photo I took earlier today: I did my best to track him down the hill and fire off as many shots as I could. Some turned out fine and in focus but the better ones like this one didn't. My ...
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How "slow" can I take a picture at a boxing match?

I'm to take pictures at a boxing match, probably under low lights conditions. My plan is to set the camera on a fixed shutter speed, and the let the camera automatically set aperture and ISO. But ...
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How to focus on fast moving objects with a low-end dslr?

I will go to an Enduro race and I want to take sharp, in focus, photos. I only have a Canon 550D, EF-S 18-55 IS and EF 50mm f/1.8. I tried using autofocus on moving motorcycles and 90% of them were ...
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Is a Canon Rebel T3 an appropriate entry-level DSLR?

I'm starting photography and am wondering if the Canon Rebel T3 is a good choice. My only real constraints are that I want to able to take "burst shots" (such as of sports events) and low light ...
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How to photograph low light indoor sport?

I am using a Canon 70d with 18-55mm lens to capture fast moving action (volleyball) indoors. Lack of light was a problem, so I tried different settings but the pictures still are a bit dark. I am not ...
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Upgrade path for indoor sports photography from 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 MF lens

I regularly shoot video and photo at ice skating events with a Canon 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens. I set the ISO at 6400 and with the aperture at 11, I have most of the ice rink in focus. ...
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For sports photography, should I use image stabilization or a faster lens?

For sports, I know that a faster lens would usually be considered more important than image stabilization, but what if, after selecting your shutter speed, your camera is picking apertures that don't ...
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How can I get better focus when a subject is moving towards or away from the camera?

When shooting events or action photos, engaging people, I often find that frontal (or rear) perspective may be very expressive, but my problem is focusing when the subject moves towards the camera (or ...
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What are some good techniques for using a monopod while shooting sports?

What are some good strategies/techniques for using a monopod while shooting sports? I'm doing a lot of shooting of Figure Skating right now, and am finding the camera and 70-200mm lens is heavy ...
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How do I get the best results for sports with a 70-200mm f/2.8?

Can anyone help? I am using a nikon d7000 for sports photography. My husband kindly bought me a sigma 70-200mm telephoto lens 2.8 as I shoot a lot of low light indoor sports. I have only just started ...
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Taking sports and action shots with regular lenses

I do not shoot action or sports photos. I was asked to shoot a friend's soccer game. I am not looking for perfect magazine quality images; however, I'd like to maximize the quality of my shots with ...
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How did John Cheng create his photograph of Simone Biles at the FIG Gymnastics World Championships?

Question: This photograph was taken by John K Cheng, staff photographer of USA Gymnastics. Which techniques or camera equipment were employed to make this shot ? Here is a video of the actual vault ...
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Should I upgrade my camera or lens to shoot pro hockey games?

I've gotten the opportunity to shoot pro hockey games. My current gear doesn't cut it: ...
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Sigma 70-200mm vs. Nikon 80-200mm auto-focus speed

I'm considering the newest Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM II and comparing it against the older (but still for sale) Nikon AF 80-200mm F2.8 D ED. These are roughly in the same price class, ...
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What features would you focus on in a point and shoot camera for sports photography?

I know that "point and shoot" does not belong in the same sentence as "sports photography". But if you only have $200-300 in your pocket and a need to photograph indoors martial arts competition, e.g. ...
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Which Canon lens would be better to capture high school wrestling, 55-250 STM or 70-300 IS II USM?

I have a Canon T7i. I was told either the Canon 55-250 STM or the 70-300 IS II USM would be good to shoot high school wrestling. I am still confused, there’s a bit of a price difference. Which would ...
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Sports Photography [duplicate]

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a zoom lens EF 75-300mm. What I am trying to do is take pictures of my son on the soccer field. I would love not to have the blur face just some really nice pics. He’...
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How can I get non-blurry gymnastics pictures with my entry-level DSLR?

I have a Nikon d3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. My issues are the lighting and the shutter speed for fast moving objects. My aperture is set to f/3.5, shutter at 1/1000th of a second, and ISO ...
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What are the editing restrictions for sports/photo journalism?

I've heard from various online videos or articles of pros talking about how National Geographic doesn't allow this or AP doesn't allow that. Does anyone know if these rules are written down somewhere ...
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What is the best setup for shooting sports at night with a point & shoot camera?

I always try to take good photographs in soccer matches or in races at night, not using flash, and I have always the same result: too much blurred photos. I don't have an SLR, but I'm sure that's not ...
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As an inexperienced user, how can I best take action photographs with a DSLR and consumer superzoom?

I have a Nikon D5100 with a Sigma lens 18-200mm. I need to take fast action pictures of my grandson playing baseball, in short stop plays; this is a very fast position. What would be the best setting ...
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Which camera (and lens) mode or settings for moving subjects?

So for the first time, I've been shooting moving subjects. I've got a new camera and a lot of stress, so I barely had time to set it up completely before the shoot (nothing professional though anyway)....
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Anyone have experience with the Tamron SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 DI LD (IF) Macro?

I was planning to get the Nikon 70-200mm, but there is a big price difference compared to the Tamron. I will use this for sport shooting. Any advice?
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Is a Canon T4i with 75-300mm EF lens sufficient for shooting night time football?

Do I need a different lens to get the faces of the players...some come out dark? I am shooting mostly on sports but sometimes Manual, otherwise photos are good. Not using flash.
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What camera do I need for equine / sport photography?

I'm a complete beginner - the only type of camera I've ever had is a cheap £100 digital camera! But I'm really interested in photography and I am thinking of starting a career in it. I don't want to ...
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Will a full frame camera reduce noise vs. my Canon T7i for high school wrestling and football?

I’m looking to get my first Canon full frame. I mostly take photos of high school wrestling and night football. I would like to stay around $1000. Currently I have a T7i. Is there any advice as to ...
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What shutter speed to use for indoor karate without flash? [duplicate]

What shutter speed would you recommend for an indoor karate tournament with slightly dim fluorescent lighting? I will not be using a flash. I'll be using a Canon T3i with an 85mm f/1.8 lens and using ...
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Which image stabilization mode do I use for moving subjects?

As a follow up to Which camera (and lens) mode or settings for moving subjects?: I've recently shot moving subjects for the first time, and I was wondering which image stabilization mode I should be ...
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