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Need Help w/ Arena Football Shoot

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by LaZoo, May 16, 2007.

  1. LaZoo


    Apr 16, 2007
    I'm going to be shooting an arena football game and I have never shot one before. Does anyone have any suggestions for for shooting indoor football? I will be using a Nikon D80 and a 200-400F/4. Should I setup in the end zone or the sidelines? What shutter speed will stop football action? Is it more important to stop action or keep the ISO lower? Etc., Etc., Etc

    Any help will be appreciated,
  2. twig


    May 23, 2005
    What arena? I assume you have press access and will be field level?

    Do you want the bad news first? Unless it is amazingly well lit you are going to have issues with a f/4 lens. You want 1/500th minimum to stop action, but with semi-pro level athletes I think 1/640 is better. You are going to start at ISO 1600 and hope you have enough shutter there, a priority will be keeping your shutter at or over 1/500th, ISO is secondary.

    You should use a variety of positions to obtain a variety of shots. Get there for warm-ups and play with your setting while you get some isolation shots of players warming up. I like to use my 400 in the endzone when play is within 30-40 yards, I like things coming at me at 400mm, and in your case the 200mm will prove helpful when they are within 15 yards as well. You can also set up on the sidelines to get a different angle on the play, mostly for QB/defender isolation and when the play is run towards you. BE sure to get the guidelines for the specific venue and event (by asking the other press there, or the venue staff), for example for NFL you cannot shoot from the 30-50-30 on the sideline or behind the bench, you will be escorted out or get slammed by a player. You also have to leave sight lines for the TV camera installations, which vary by venue.

    In general you should be moving 10 or more times per game to position yourself relative to the action, and the other photographers there will be doing the same.

    Monopod is essential.
  3. LaZoo


    Apr 16, 2007
    I have press access. I can be on the field. The arena is the Centurytel in Shreveport, Louisiana. The team is the Battlewings. I've been told I can use a monopod or a tripod depending on where I set up. I assume WB is set for incandescent.
  4. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    I'll be at an arena football game in a couple of weeks in Nashville (although I'll be in the stands) and all I'll have is my Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 lens. I'll take what I can and just enjoy the game hopefully.

    Good luck!
  5. acena


    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    I would rent or borrow a 200/2, a 300/2.8 or a 400/2.8. The 200-400 f/4 isn't going to cut it unless the lights are absolutely amazing.
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