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A good badminton photo

Discussion in 'Badminton Photography' started by kwun, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. Smichz

    Smichz Regular Member

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    The funniest pictures that i captured is this one..

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    Look at what Fu's right hand is aiming at..looks like he's going to smash Alvent's......
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  2. Omar Khayyam

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    nice moment....
     
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    My first try at Badminton photography


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    My first foray into shooting badminton three weeks ago was a complete failure, so I'm going to try again in the upcoming weeks.

    However, I currently only have the kit lens for my Olympus EP3 (14-42mm f3.5-5.6) so I think the lens might be partially to fault because at higher ISO and shutter speed, I need a bigger aperture, right?

    What settings are you guys using for very averagely lit stadiums and halls? I'm thinking something like ISO1600-3200, f3.5 (probably not enough), 1/200ths sec. as a starting point.
     
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    Nice collection of pics.
     
  9. paroxysmal

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    ^^^^

    Ideally -

    Full frame sensor DSLR (you can pump up to iso to 8000 or 16000 without grains!)

    Lenses with aperture F2.8 or F1.8

    Monopod

    External flash (if permitted)


    Soon I am going to try Tamron 17-50 F2.8, which I am about to acquire. I have not seen anybody trying it in a badminton court. Will post my results here. I get decent results with 50mm F1.8 lens but 50mm is a fixed focal lenght lens.

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    Probably not enough no, 1/200 is also too slow to freeze action (more like 1/500 minimally). But you have plenty of opportunity to experiment :D ...
     
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    Yes. 1/200 would not freeze any action.... 1/500 or 1/1000 might work. But images will be way too dark even by using F1.8 aperture in a badly lit hall.

    So full frame camera or flash are the only option which remain.
     
  12. Cheung

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    Go back to the first page of this thread to see the principles of the equipment that are needed for action shots.

    Average gym requires ISO 3200, f2.8, 1/320 - but be prepared that the light may be even worse.
     
  13. Maklike Tier

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    Yeah I don't think the EP3 with the kit lens would be able to do that. With similar lighting to a badminton hall, shooting static objects at ISO1600 - f4 - 1/20th second, I'm getting levels of grain that would only make for hokey internet publishing quality shots only. Forget about shooting higher than 1/20th as they're woefully underexposed. Even then the shots can be a little underexposed but can be made acceptable post-processed if I shoot raw.
     
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    One of the guys at my club. Taken with a D7000 + 50mm 1.8G. I think I'm at a fairly good spot with my exposure and shutter speed for this gym, trying to improve my composition and timing now.

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    Comments?
     
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    The third one is the best of the four. Mainly for the timing. However it looks like the pole is in the way.

    Facial expressions can add a lot to the photo but we don't see any in this series. There are discussions on whether a shuttle should be in the picture. Many will say 'it depends'.
     
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    First time posting here =)

    Taken at the Malaysia Open 2012 and 2013:

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  18. kwun

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    very nice. what equipment do you use?
     
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    Wow! Wish my existing system could do that.
     
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    Thanks guy.. =)

    Used a Nikon D3000+Tamron 70-300mm for the 2012 event, went again to the 2013 event with upgraded equipments: Nikon D7000+Sigma 150-500mm..
     

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