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Learn how to optimize the Canon SD770 IS for sports pictures
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Canon SD770 IS: Set for Sports Scene
Sports Photography is something that‘s going to be very, very difficult with this camera. It wasn’t really designed for taking sports pictures. It doesn’t even have a sport mode so the best thing you can do is increase the ISO in order to get the fastest charter speed possible. Let’s first go into the function menu as ours and press the function button. Go ahead and leave it in the manual mode for now and we’ll go down to wide balance again, make sure that wide balance is set accordingly. I’m going to assume that we’re outdoors and there is a plenty of light and so I’m going to set this to daylight and press the function button to escape the function menu.
Now, you don’t want to use the flash so put the flash button or the right navigation button to enter the flash option and make sure it’s set to off and the ISO finally, press up to access the ISO and you want to increase that and you may want to test 800 or 1600. 1600 is going to be a little bit noisy you’re going to see that the colors in your image aren’t quite the smooth as normal it maybe necessary to get you a fast enough shutter speed.
So go ahead and test that and you can press the shutter button half way. You can do this before the supporting event. In my case my shutter speed right now is set to 1/1000 and that’s really just fine for any kind of sporting event and you don’t need any higher than that. In which case I would suggest going down to ISO 800 to see what that’s like. Press ISO I’ll go down to 800. Its set press the shutter button half way again and on that one 500 of a second that may or may not be fast enough, so I’ll do a couple of test shots to see which is best.
If 1600 isn’t enough and you need even faster shutter speed than that if you’re in a very, very low light situation. Then the other thing you can do is go ahead and go into the function menu one’s more and go on up to the mode setting and I’ll go to the left and to the left again to choose the scene mode. Now, click display to enter the scene mode and if I move through the different scenes at the very end is ISO 3200.
Now, this will produce possibly the worst quality image the camera can do. You’ll also notice that when I choose ISO 3200, my resolution has dropped significantly two and three. So my resolution is a lot, lot smaller to the picture will not be nearly as sharp had I used ISO 1600 or even 800. So, if you really need it, it’s available but I would highly recommend using 1600 if you can and do that by getting to the manual mode.
Press display to get out of here and choose the manual mode in your function menu. Now, once you have our last set up the other thing to keep in mind when you’re photographing sports and this is very, very important we’ll have and exit the function menu is focusing and it’s going to be very, very difficult for the camera to focus on anything that’s in action or moving.
So, basically what you have to do is focus before the action happens. Press the shutter button half way and make sure the focusing square is over something at right for the same distance if let’s say you’re taking picture of a horse race you’re not going to wait till the horses come into the frame, you’re going to focus on the fence behind the horses. So focus rest assured we’re going to halfway, wait for that focusing square to turn green and then just patiently wait for the action to happen. As soon as the action happens press the shutter button the rest of the way and the picture will be taken immediately.
Remember high ISO don’t use the flash it’s not going to do anything, press the shutter button halfway. Prepare the camera with the focus point, recompose the image the way you want it and then wait for the action to happen as soon as it happens, press the shutter button the rest of the way to take the picture.
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