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Old 07-07-2010, 09:19 AM   #21
 
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portable reflectors is worth a try =) i like going for fish and dog competitions.it's not for photography or i would have failed miserably ^.^
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:22 AM   #22
 
also, you may have all the information within the picture but it just displays as poor. Photoshop can make the adjustments to the picture by changing the levels, contrast, color, etc. A perfectly " ruined " photograph can be salvaged and brought back to life through photoshop - and since your using a 30D all that information should be there for a great picture to be taken.

Also, since your trying to follow the fish for a picture you may get something out of focus. I always try and predict where the fish will go. Each develops some sort of swim pattern IMO and once you adjust your settings you can predict where the fish will be so your not chasing it around. I've also heard of people shooting at night using either a higher ISO or a slow shutter speed while the fish sleep.

I'm curious, what lens are you using? :)
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:23 AM   #23
 
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thats the thing when using that mode the aperture and shutter speed are all predetermined and can't be changed. it's frustrating unless i use it in M mode but it's gonna take ages to get the right settings by fumbling with the camera.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #24
 
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thats the thing when using that mode the aperture and shutter speed are all predetermined and can't be changed. it's frustrating unless i use it in M mode but it's gonna take ages to get the right settings by fumbling with the camera.
I think you are confusing two things here. Sports Mode is a pre-set shooting mode usually indicated by an icon with a running person. Then there is burst mode which controls the way the shutter reacts. If you are afraid of full manual, set your camera to burst mode and shoot in shutter priority mode. Set the shutter speed to somewhere in the 1/80th to 1/125th range and turn the ISO up to 800. The camera is then locked in to use the shutter speed you dial in, and will automatically pick an aperture to correctly expose the photo.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:49 AM   #25
 
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I think you are confusing two things here. Sports Mode is a pre-set shooting mode usually indicated by an icon with a running person. Then there is burst mode which controls the way the shutter reacts. If you are afraid of full manual, set your camera to burst mode and shoot in shutter priority mode. Set the shutter speed to somewhere in the 1/80th to 1/125th range and turn the ISO up to 800. The camera is then locked in to use the shutter speed you dial in, and will automatically pick an aperture to correctly expose the photo.

is burst mode the same as continuous shooting in M mode? cause the settings for it has been set to1/1000 aperature 8.0, iso auto and Al focus is changing the iso to 800 a better option?
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:03 AM   #26
 
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I'm curious, what lens are you using? :)
Jon, I am using a Canon 28-135 Macro lens with an Image Stabilizer. I also tried adding a Tele Converter so I could sit back a little bit so as not to spook the fish.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:03 AM   #27
 
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is burst mode the same as continuous shooting in M mode? cause the settings for it has been set to1/1000 aperature 8.0, iso auto and Al focus is changing the iso to 800 a better option?
Not exactly. Shooting at 1/1000 with aperture of f8.0 will require A LOT of light. If you use those settings inside, you would probably get a completely black photo.

manual mode is meant for you to change the aperture and shutter speed. First go in and adjust ISO to 800.

Turn the shooting mode dial till it's on M

Second set your shutter speed to 1/100th of a second

Thirdt set your aperture to the lowest number it can go to. If you are using the kit lens, it will be f5.6. If you have a different lens, you can may be able to get lower in the f2.8 or even f1.8 range.

Change the shutter mode to burst mode.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:14 AM   #28
 
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Not exactly. Shooting at 1/1000 with aperture of f8.0 will require A LOT of light. If you use those settings inside, you would probably get a completely black photo.

manual mode is meant for you to change the aperture and shutter speed. First go in and adjust ISO to 800.

Turn the shooting mode dial till it's on M

Second set your shutter speed to 1/100th of a second

Thirdt set your aperture to the lowest number it can go to. If you are using the kit lens, it will be f5.6. If you have a different lens, you can may be able to get lower in the f2.8 or even f1.8 range.

Change the shutter mode to burst mode.

thanks for the info =) question ..those this mean a higher shutter speed of say 1/1000 needs a higher iso and lower aperature for low light photos
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:18 AM   #29
 
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thanks for the info =) question ..those this mean a higher shutter speed of say 1/1000 needs a higher iso and lower aperature for low light photos
Yes, the faster the shutter speed, the wider the aperture has to be. The relationship between shutter speed and aperture is symbiotic. You change one, you need to compensate with the other.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:20 AM   #30
 
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Yes, the faster the shutter speed, the wider the aperture has to be. The relationship between shutter speed and aperture is symbiotic. You change one, you need to compensate with the other.

hmm... my lowest aperture setting is 4.5 and that means bad news oh well.guess i just have to make do.
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