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    Hi there,

    A newbie need some advise on what mode should be used for this upcoming event, i.e, manual mode or shutter priority? or other setting to be made on shutter speed, aperture and ISO?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Motocross Photography Setting

    I am not too sure myself... never taken such pics before..

    But I am guessing a Tele lens with shutter speeds no lower than 1/125s at ISO 400 or ISO 800 ..should be enough.

    I am planning to go with the Sigma 150mm and the 50mm prime..thats it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riliodelacruz View Post
    A newbie need some advise on what mode should be used for this upcoming event, i.e, manual mode or shutter priority? or other setting to be made on shutter speed, aperture and ISO?
    Your camera has no Motocross Mode? Lousy one!
    Jokes aside .. maybe Sports Mode could help? There is no magic setting, you need to analyse a) what do you want to capture and b) the existing conditions. Both give the input for the necessary settings. In addition, your equipment gives you some limits like maximum aperture and image quality at such settings (some lenses are soft when used wide open, stepping down a bit helps). Learn to understand the "triangle of exposure": ISO, shutter speed, aperture. That will give you the answer(s), together with the intention.
    Do you want to freeze motion? Then shutter speed would have priority ... hence ... I hope you guess which mode to take. Do you want to have slight motion blur? Or panning shots? Then vary the settings accordingly. Still objects isolated from background? Aperture is most important here (beside the distances camera - object - background) - so it would tell you which mode to take.
    Not happy with either one? Then Manual gives you full control but requires you to think about everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hersheydesai View Post
    I am not too sure myself... never taken such pics before..

    But I am guessing a Tele lens with shutter speeds no lower than 1/125s at ISO 400 or ISO 800 ..should be enough.

    I am planning to go with the Sigma 150mm and the 50mm prime..thats it.
    Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Your camera has no Motocross Mode? Lousy one!
    Jokes aside .. maybe Sports Mode could help? There is no magic setting, you need to analyse a) what do you want to capture and b) the existing conditions. Both give the input for the necessary settings. In addition, your equipment gives you some limits like maximum aperture and image quality at such settings (some lenses are soft when used wide open, stepping down a bit helps). Learn to understand the "triangle of exposure": ISO, shutter speed, aperture. That will give you the answer(s), together with the intention.
    Do you want to freeze motion? Then shutter speed would have priority ... hence ... I hope you guess which mode to take. Do you want to have slight motion blur? Or panning shots? Then vary the settings accordingly. Still objects isolated from background? Aperture is most important here (beside the distances camera - object - background) - so it would tell you which mode to take.
    Not happy with either one? Then Manual gives you full control but requires you to think about everything.
    Thanks for your mind-opening insights! Especially for the motocross mode

    Nweis, I'm hoping to achieve panning shots and freezing the motion during the stunts..


    Cheers!

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    Shooting outdoors in the day, I assume? Then you should have no problems with getting sufficient light to freeze the action totally. Could probably achieve 1/500 shutter speed without too much problem.
    Hope the weather will be good for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    Shooting outdoors in the day, I assume? Then you should have no problems with getting sufficient light to freeze the action totally. Could probably achieve 1/500 shutter speed without too much problem.
    Hope the weather will be good for you!
    nope..event is at night..

    thats why most of the tele lenses...which give aperture 5.6 + ..no good at all. Unless the area is really really well lit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hersheydesai View Post
    nope..event is at night..

    thats why most of the tele lenses...which give aperture 5.6 + ..no good at all. Unless the area is really really well lit.
    huh? But you're not the TS (riliodelacruz). Which event are we talking about? The same event as the TS was asking about?
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