Sports Photography: Take One

This was my first try at sports photography. I needed a fast shutter speed to freeze the action. However, the venue was at the Philippine Navy Gymnasium in Fort Bonifacio, whose only source of light was from the windows, which could also serve as a harsh background when framing directly towards them.

Sports World

How I did it

Because of the limited amount of light entering the gymnasium, I bumped up the ISO to 1600, and set the camera mode to shutter priority (Tv). I noticed that a shutter speed of 1/250 of a second is not enough to freeze the hard packed action, so I increased it a third increment to 1/320 sec. Then I tried positioning myself on a higher ground while avoiding shooting directly against the windows.

A lot of my pictures were underexposed, so I just adjusted them in photoshop, which contributed more (ISO 1600, remember?) in a lot of noise in the pictures.

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  1. Cool!!! i love it…

  2. O Jo! nabuhay ka! hehe kmusta na jan?

  3. ayos ang action! hindi pala uubra mga lens ko hehe.. pang scenario lang talaga.

  4. scenery pala hehehe! nalilito nako!

  5. dapat kc kung maaga ka dumating papahiram ko sau ung isa kong lens. ung 85mm. bili ka na kc ng 70-200mm f/2.8 is usm! hehe

  6. pag kumita ako sa mutual funds bili ako hehehe..

  7. hehehe ayos yan, ako pag manalo na ako sa lotto tsaka ako bibili! hehehehe

  8. bibili ako, magkano ba range ng price nyan?

  9. mura lng yan jo. ung 70-200 f/2.8 is usm mga nasa 100k yan dito sa pinas. lens pa lng yan jo hah. bibili ka pa ng camera para salpakan nun…hehe

  10. mahal naman!!! ibig sabihin nag invest ka talaga dian? he he. May nakapagsabi sa akin pwede na daw pipitsuging camera basta yong lens maganda.

  11. Jamal, I can see that you are interested in joining the world of photography. To give you an idea, in the Canon line of DSLR cameras, prices range from (brand new) around 40K for the EOS 400D to 500K for EOS 1Ds Mark II. I don’t know how much the 1Ds Mark III yet. Therefore, based on the foregoing, walang pipitsuging DSLR camera…. 🙂

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