View Full Version : Indoor sports and night under the lights

12-17-2009, 12:56 PM
Hello, I have been taking lots of photo of the kids playing soccer, basketball, and such. The day time soccer pics turn out great (mostly). However, when the lights come on, I have to just put the camera way. I own are Canon XTI, and an XSI. Use a 70-300 zoom, and/or a 50-500.

I have tried using shutter-priority, aperture-priority, full manual. Can anyone off advice on manual settings to capture some of the night action. The fields, are various levels of lighting from D-1 college stadium that seat 70K, to city parks that see well lit, to High school gyms.

David Metsky
12-17-2009, 01:44 PM
Buy faster glass. :)

Seriously, that's going to be the answer that produces the best results.

12-20-2009, 12:11 AM
Yep, that is true. Otherwise, up the ISO until the noise is unacceptable.

12-29-2009, 11:23 AM
Indoor gymnasium and outdoor field lighting seems quite bright to the eye, but is woefully inadequate to the camera. To get shutter speeds in the range of 1/150 - 1/250 which is barely enough to have semi-decent stop action for sports, I've generally had to go to ISO 3200 or greater with a f/2.8 lens.

12-30-2009, 03:34 AM
I think in day Outdoor result Best due to Original Sun Light but in Night indoor artificial lights.