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Learn how to optimize the Canon G10 for sports pictures
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For Sport Photography, the idea is to have a very fast shutter speed so you can stop the motion.
Now in order to set this up, there are couples of options you can go with. The camera does have an automatic option and you can do this by moving your mode dial to SCN which stands for scene mode and in the scene mode, you have access to sport.
And now, I'm set up to the portraits profile and I have just use my dial and move that over until I get to sport.
Now on sport, what’s going to happen is it’s going to do the best that you can so you increase the shutter speed.
So for example, I’ll press my shutter halfway and you can see right now my Ayase four hundred and one five hundred of the seconds, which is very fast. I’ll be good enough for just about any sport, and these should be just fine. I wouldn’t want to decrease the ISO from four hundred or at least not with the praenomen of light have available, because then my shutter speed would decrease and I certainly don’t want it in a slower than 1/500 for a second.
The bad part about using this mode is that my wide balance is set to automatic, and if your outdoors that should be fine, but if you’re on a stadium, and it’s a night game where you have the lights on. That may not be as good and you may want to use a wide balance set to tungsten or fluorescent depending on the situation, otherwise your pictures may come out very yellow or green.
The other thing you’ll notice from this mode is that the drive mode is set to continuous. This is automatically set to continuous for you and what this does is it allow you to press the shutter button, hold the button down, and as long a s the button is pressed and held down, the camera will keep on taking pictures.
So this is good if you want to capture for example race cars, or hoses that are running by, you can press the shutter button halfway, focus on something that is about the same distance as where the subject will be once you want to take a picture of it. And I’ll just go ahead and press the button the rest of the way, and the camera will continue to take pictures.
As the camera is not that fast, it takes a little bit more that a second for the camera to take each picture, so I wouldn’t expect too much from this camera. The other thing you can do if you want to control over the white balance, but everything else is okay, is get out of this mode, go back and turn this to TV. TV stands for time value. Time value will allow you to set a shutter speed that sooths your needs depending on the sporting event you’re taking a picture of.
Right now, you can see in my shutter speed is set to ten seconds, and that’s very, very slow, so I'm just going to use this dial to increase that. I'm going to go up to one five hundred to the seconds. This is very good, if you may want to have a little bit faster, it really depends on the sporting event so, but for now, I'm going to stick to one five hundred for this seconds.
I don’t need to use the flash especially if you’re on a stadium, the flash would much too far away from the subjects, so don’t use the flash that’s not going to do any good. Rest the flash button right here, to access the flash options, and turn that off and set. Now wide balance is currently set to custom which is not what I want, so I'm going to press the short cut button, and I'm going to start the guide. I’ll set up my short cut button to access my wide balance.
Now I'm going to move that to daylight. And assuming it’s an outdoor event too I'm going to use daylight if it’s indoors or if the lights are on, you can use tungsten or fluorescent whichever one sooths your needs the best. Then I'm going to just daylight, for now and let’s set to okay that.
Now I'm not using the flash, my wide balance is set up to daylight, and I want to make sure that my ISO is properly set. So what you’ll do is press the shutter button halfway just compose the image just the way you want to. Don’t worry about focusing at this point, and you can see that with one five hundred of a second my aperture is not only F2, eight, which is as big as I can get probably not, what I want for these sports, because this is going to produce a very shallow depth for field, but it’s also in red. When it’s in red, it means that my shutter speed is too fast and it can’t compensate enough for the proper amount of light where I can fix that is by increasing the ISO. Increasing the ISO will make the camera more sensitive to the available light and that will allow me to have a smaller aperture. So I'm going to turn my ISO down, I’ll increase that to four hundred and I’ll try again and press the shutter button halfway.
Now I see that my aperture is five, six and it’s in white which is great and know my exposure is going to be just fine so I don’t need to increase the ISO in more than that.
Now, for taking the picture, if you can focus on the subject, go ahead and do that. Press the button halfway and make sure the focusing square is either on your subject, or on something at roughly the same distance from the camera as your subject. Press the shutter button halfway and make sure it turns green and has the double beat indicating the camera has lock focus, and then go ahead and recompose the image and press the shutter button the rest of the way. If you’re unable to focus because the target is moving, what I would recommend doing is one of the two things, either focus on something that is still at roughly the same distance, for example if it is a horse race focus on the fence or the dirt where the horses will be passing you before the horses even get there. So then once they get there, you’ll be ready to just press the shutter button the rest of the way, and take a picture or use the manual focus. Press the up navigation button to access manual focus and then turn it down if you’re on the stadium, you can turn it all the way up to infinity.
You’ll probably going to be far enough away where infinity is the focusing point that you’re going to want to use. Now, you can g ahead and press the shutter button halfway and the camera is set up just go ahead and wait for the action starts, and press the shutter button the rest of the way is, soon as it does when the camera will instantly take the picture.
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