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| p.1 #4 · First time shooting basketball |
Marty Bingham wrote:
Hey John. My first suggestion is to forget the DOF calculator. It will make you want to shoot at a smaller aperture to gain depth of field. In reality, aperture plays the smallest role in the depth of field equation and you wind up sacrificing the light gathering capability of your lens for no appreciable gain in DOF.
You have some great equipment and you will be pleased with the results you can get from it with a little fine tuning. Try f2.8 @ 1/500th and adjust your iso to get the exposure right. Anything under 1/500th and you lose sharpness due to motion blur, which can be almost imperceptible to the untrained eye and still cause a mysterious lack of sharpness.
Let the action get a little closer so you don't have to crop much. Cropping magnifies noise. The original shot is a little under exposed which increases noise.
All that should get you in the ball park. The rest is a matter of practice and tweaking.
Give it a try next time out and post some shots.
Amen to ditching the DOF calculator!! I'm always amazed at the number of people who are evidently punching in numbers into some app or program to get a DOF. Just get exposure correct and you'll be fine. Seriously, at no level of shooting basketball--from youth to NBA--have I ever thought "wow, I wish I had used a DOF calculator before I shot this game to make better images." Not once.
Oh yea, I also agree with everything else Marty said. f2.8, 1/500 and set ISO accordingly to nail center-line exposure. Also, shoot lower. Park your butt on the baseline and let that action come to you.
Good luck and keep posting.