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Metering, colour balance, shooting mode for photographing rugby.

Hi everyone,

I'm relatively new to the world of sports photography, and although i have my own way of doing things I wondered if others who photograph rugby or similar sports had any tips or techniques to share regarding metering, colour balance and shooting mode (ie manual, shutter priority)

I shoot fully manual, because the camears exposure changes depending upon how many white strips or dark strips are being metered. The drawback is that during floodlit games the level of light is not consistent throughout the pitch and I have to remember to alter the exposure depending upon where the action is. Sometimes I don't have time or forget. Is there a better, automatic way of getting a consistent exposure? Any other tips greatly appreciated.



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GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 5:32PM
If your camera has auto iso feature try it, say you need 1/250th for shutter and f4 for dof. Dial that in - in manual mode. Then go into auto iso setting and set minimum shutter to 1/250th and minimum iso 100 and max iso say 3200. Matrix or Spot metering whichever you prefer. As for white balance set it to what ever light conditions is needed not auto. If shooting raw you can change it later anyway.
puertouk 5 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 5:39PM
Take a meter reading with the colorchecker Passport and also the white balance. Use a fast lens f2.8 and when the light deteriorates, up your ISO. You should need a relatively decent aperture, maybe f8 and shutter speed of around 1/250 or so. Follow the action and get as near to the action as you can. Look for close ups at line-outs and scrums. Facial features are remarkable, especially when the players are tackled. Be careful not to get too close to the action though, as these guys are sodding big and can wipe you out when you are busy trying to get that special shot! Sad
Spencer1966 4 80 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 5:53PM
You may find this interesting - 30mins in for what your asking

Thank you guys. Spencer, a great link. Watched it all. I'm a big fan of Scott Kelby.

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