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Saari & Forrai Photography
(763) 780-3255
2465 119th Court Northeast Unit G
Minneapolis, MN
Wendy B Photography
(763) 783-3580
5171 Red Oak Drive
Saint Paul, MN
Augeson Photography
(763) 753-4072
17241 Woodbine Street Northwest
Andover, MN
Earnest Photography & Digital Imaging
(651) 426-7284
4310 Evergreen Drive
Saint Paul, MN
BRT Photography
(651) 983-0839
324-16th Avenue Southwest
Saint Paul, MN
McMahon Dan Photography
(651) 482-0514
5782 Lametti Lane
Saint Paul, MN
Stebbins Photography
(651) 604-2285
2269 Country Road Centre
Saint Paul, MN
Bruce Lee Photographic Design
(763) 323-4880
3155 Bunker Lake Boulevard Northwest
Andover, MN
Special Images Photography
(763) 533-0459
15801 Makah Street Northwest
Andover, MN
Lonely Boy Photography
(612) 767-8932
537 109th Avenue Northwest
Coon Rapids, MN

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

tip of the week Whenever I watch a sporting event or a concert on TV-anything that shows an arena packed full of people-I'm constantly amazed at the incessant sparkle of camera flashes from all over the stadium. And all I can think of is one thing: those shots aren't going to turn out.

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 ‘Oh, 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.

Turning off the flash for great ambient exposures works all the time too-not just in crowded stadiums. If you're in a well-light room for example, and you want to make sure the background far behind the subject remains well lit, turn off the flash so the camera can expose solely for the ambience. (Again, with the flash on auto, it exposes correctly for the strobe-lit subject, ignoring the ambient exposure, and producing a dark if not downright indecipherable background.)

When you've conquered the difference in control for ambient and flash subjects, then you can start balancing the two. The point-and-shoot's "night mode" does a great job of this for you, delivering a fill flash to expose the subject and a longer shutter speed exposure to simultaneously showcase the ambience. It's really a great way to grasp the power in that little point-and-shoot, no matter the subject or the lighting.

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