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|| News Item: Posted 1998-09-12

Covering Prep Football
By Rob Miracle

I think that Fuji 800 pushed to 1600 is going to give you better results than Fuji 1600. Heck, Fuji 800 pushed to 3200 gives you better results than Fuji 1600 at 1600. With regards to the settings, unless the light is very uneven on the field, I would not use an auto exposure setting.

The problem is that one team will be in dark uniforms, one in white or light uniforms. You get hot spots on the helmets and a black background. These create some of the worst factors for feeding a matrix meter. Your auto exposure could vary a couple of stops in either way without the actual amount of light changing, depending on whether the dark jerseys or the white jerseys dominate the scene.

When I do shoot sports on auto, I tend to use A mode at F2.8 or F4 or whatever depth of field I want. Even with the flash and A mode, it will push the shutter speed up to 1/250 if there is enough ambient light.

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