Need to shoot High School football

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by SteveHo, May 15, 2007.

  1. SteveHo

    SteveHo

    43
    May 4, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    I will be shooting some high school football next year. Can I get some idea of what works in terms of a lens? I have a D50 and no telephoto lenses (well I do have a 85 1.8).

    What is the minimum aperture...I am assuming 2.8.

    What about focal lengh...200, 300, more?

    I have been looking at 80-200 2.8, 70-200 2.8, and 70-300 VR.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Ask Mike Mac:>))))
    He be da best in my book and eyes
    If Mike says it I bless it.
    lolol
     
  3. forget 2.8
    2.0 or 1.8
    200/2 is prob the best lens
    try to stay away from iso1600

    ask craig cappy, he has done the best work at night
    www.craigcappy.com
     
  4. Well you are wanting to shoot some of the hardest sport shooting there is.
    I will detail my experience and setup and a few examples. After shooting 4 plus years of night H.S football I just was not pleased with the results of shooting at 2.8 at ISO 1600.

    As far as lens go you if you are goign to shoot without a flash you will need a f 2.8. As far as focal length goes I would recommend a 300 2.8. Less than that and cropping at the high ISO produces some bad results.
    My setup I am using now consist of a D2X with a 300 2.8 mounted on a monopd. to this I attach a SB29 flash cord. I use a bogen super clamp to mount the flash about 15 - 18 inches below the lens and attach the SB800 to it.
    this setup eliminates the ugly red eye one gets with using a flash on the cam, it also gives a nice even light. I also use the nikon battery pack for quicker recharge times, bring a ton of AA's with you Here are a few examples from on of the PA State playoff games
    These were shot ISO 800, f 2.8 s 1/320 s
    Again this is just my technique and my opinion I am sure others will offer so very good ideas also.
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  5. SteveHo

    SteveHo

    43
    May 4, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Great shots!

    Thanks for information on your technique. I like that you can see the expression on their faces.

    I get the feeling I have a long way to go...looking forward to getting started.
     
  6. acena

    acena

    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    You did not emntion whether you were shooting Friday night football or Saturday games.
     
  7. Ray C.

    Ray C.

    650
    Nov 7, 2005
    Thailand
    Mike, maybe you should have added an (*) at the end... :wink:



    * With a Nikon


    Unfortunately true for us Nikon guys, but not terribly difficult for Canon shooters... f/2.8 is plenty for those guys.

    Must be nice...
     
  8. Ray C.

    Ray C.

    650
    Nov 7, 2005
    Thailand

    Good point Alex...big, BIG difference between Friday night(mare) and Sat. morning/afternoon games.
     
  9. SteveHo

    SteveHo

    43
    May 4, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Unfortunately, Friday night games.
     
  10. acena

    acena

    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    Then you need to use a flash BUT as Mike mentioned, the flash has to be BELOW the camera NOT above if you want to avoid red eye. This is not a debatable issue DO NOT place it above unless you want to spend all that time removing red eye in post-production.

    Here is a picture of teh set up.

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