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How to Get Great Shots in Stadiums and Arenas
How To Get Great Shots In Stadiums And Arenas - 9/1/08
Say no to flash and yes to ambient light
See, a camera flash is designed to illuminate a subject 10- or 20- or maybe even 30-feet from the camera. With point-and-shoots, 50-feet is really the outer limits of a flash's functionality. So when the camera fires the flash in fully automatic mode, it's assuming that it will provide enough illumination to expose the subject correctly. The camera is basically turning off the ambient meter and is only paying attention to the flash. The problem is simple: it can't tell that you're trying to take a picture of a well-lit subject on a stage or field hundreds of feet away, so it underexposes the ambient light, counting on the flash to illuminate the subject. And as everyone who's ever attempted this picture knows, it just doesn't work.
So how do you make that photo in the arena or stadium or school gymnasium more effective? Simple: turn off the flash. Keep your camera in Auto or Program mode, but spin through the mode dial until you get to a no-flash option-usually indicated by a lightning bolt within the universal symbol for no, the red circle and slash. The camera then starts to get some idea of what you're doing, effectively thinking âOh, okay. I still need to make a good exposure here but I can't use the flash. I guess I'd better meter that ambient light and expose for it.' Voila: those rock stars or athletes, or happy graduates are now rendered in a much better light.