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Shooting sports is a big deal whether you are a parent shooting from the stands, on the field, or have credentials to shoot on the ground. Not matter what, we always want the best quality. How do we get this?

The short answer is the "exposure triangle." Simple right? No, but it becomes that when you submerge yourself into the art consistently. Once you understand the "give and take" in managing the exposure, you'll be much happier overall. What the hell is "Exposure Triangle?" What's the give and take?

First, the exposure triangle is an important combination of three things - Aperture, Shutter Speed (SS), and ISO. Well, for daytime sports there's not nearly as much give and take as there is for nighttime sports. First, learn to shoot in manual mode. Easier said than done, BUT once you do, you'll have more consistent results. Some of the biggest choices to make in manual mode is aperture and ISO, especially if the clouds come and go.

Aperture is one way of isolating an individual while creating a blurred background (bokeh). The lower the aperture number, the more isolated the subject. Take a look at Sports Illustrated and you will see that many shots are f/2.8. Why f/2.8? Well, part of the reason is because more light is allowed through the lens. That means you are potentially able to lower the ISO to have a shot with less noise, which equates to a higher quality shot. Daytime shooting won't matter as much because you won't have issues with high ISO.

I will post more information on sports shooting later...

The images shown here are from my previous cameras only to illustrate the points from about. My R5 is new enough that I have not used it to shoot sports yet this year.
 

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Great information and images! I don't shoot sports, but it's good all around information to have.
 

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Thank you!
 

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Thanks!, I am curious about your settings in the camera to take good sports photos. And especially where in your camera you have to set it up. I notice that a system Camera is very different from a mirror reflex camera.
I take basketball photo's.
 

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