With all that behind us, the title of this blog post is "Freezing Motion for Low Light Action". Where is the low light tip in all of this you ask? Well, for the tip to make sense you must first understand the 3 basics components of exposure; and now that you have a better understanding of exposure, here is today's Photo Tip.
When shooting low light action photos you must first ask yourself two questions:
1. What shutter speed to I need to freeze motion?
Different types of action call for different Shutter Speeds to freeze motion, the final Shutter Speed dialed in will be based on how fast the action is that you are trying to freeze. The faster the action is the faster your Shutter Speed needs to be. For example, I know from experience, a youth softball game will need a minimum shutter speed of 1/500 of a second to freeze the action. If you are capturing action that is slower then your Shutter Speed setting can be set slower. Once you have decided what shutter speed you are going use you need to ask your self the following question.
2. What is more important to me, DOF or Low Digital Noise?
For me the answer is almost always Low Digital Noise. So with that said, I will open my Aperture up as wide as possible, typically that would be f2.8 for me. Although, not everyone has a lens like mine, so for you f3.5 or f5.6 may be the widest setting you have available. By opening up the Aperture as much as possible, this will allow you to select the lowest possible ISO. Unfortunately, at this point, I can not tell you what ISO setting to use. Why? Simply because I don't know what gear you are using and settings will vary depending on the gear you have available to you. But the answer is very simple: beging rolling your ISO up from its lowest setting, typically 100 on most camera, while pointing your camera at your subject. Once your meeter reading reads "0" your camera is properly exposed. Well... sort of. Meters can sometimes be fooled by by your subject or scene behind your subject, but we will leave that topic for another day. In the mean time make your first photo capture, if your photo is underexposed (too dark) roll the ISO up a little more, if it is overexposed (too bright) then roll it down.
And there you have it. A simple photo tip to improve your Low Light Action Photos. I leave you with some sample photos, captured at a night under low light conditions, at a Boys and Girls Club Youth Softball game.
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