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| p.1 #12 · 7D: Best Technique in a Tough, Low Light Situation? |
Mike Letour wrote:
1. Work hard to get close to the subject and avoid cropping (I only have a 70-200 2.8)
I'm not a general sports shooter, but I do shoot a dog sport to pay my photography bills. The rule which many SS's here have drilled into my skull via PM tutoring: Shoot tight, crop tighter.
2. Set shutter priority 1/400
I shoot in Av mode, and set my ISO, then let the camera worry about shutter speed. I just use a high enough ISO to get my min shutter speed. Setting Tv is equally valid, but I have found that I get better, more consistent results from Av/ISO.
3. Vary the ISO between 3200 and 5000, depending on field position.
See #2 - whatever you're comfortable with.
4. Maximize the in-camera noise reduction options
No. To maximize control of the final product, turn all of that in-camera crap off. ALO, PIC, NR, and shoot RAW. If you are shooting for a deadline and have to submit as soon as it comes out of the camera, I can see it, but you dont, so control it all yourself in post.
5. Use the Noise Reduction filter in Photoshop Elements for post-processing
This is giving me okay results for the most part, but it definitely leaves room for improvement. For the most part, the RAW files I generate are ¼ to 1 stop underexposed. I've tried adjusting the exposure in RAW and with the JPEG, and after I apply the noise filter, there doesn't seem to be much of a difference.
Then dial in 1/3+ EC to start with while shooting and see how that looks. You should be chimping your histogram after the first few shots to see if your settings are correct.
If you really have to start pushing a file around in post, you'll quickly see the difference b/t a 14bit RAW image and an 8bit JPG image. The JPG will fall apart almost instantly. The colours will clip long before they should. Shoot RAW.
My question: Is there anything more that I can do, short of buying an FF (not in the cards for me right now)?
A FF camera wont help you. In fact, if all you have is a 70-200, a FF camera will actually hinder you b/c you'll have to crop so deeply, you'll lose a lot of resolution.
You have everything on track, it just looks like you need some tweaking in your settings while shooting and your post production. Why not throw up a couple of pictures you feel you had problems with and see if the community can give you some better feedback?