how to shoot sports
I am new to photography and mainly shoot sports. I was just wondering
what mode do you shoot in. Do you use the sports mode in the basic
zone or do you use one of the modes in the creative zone.
I have a 40D with a 70 200 f/2.8 IS
Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.
Just to concur with most of what has been said so far...
I suggest shooting in Av mode with aperture set to 2.8 or 3.2.
Set your ISO anywhere between 200-800 to get nice high shutter speeds (1/1000 or faster) in daytime...
at night Manual @ ISO 1600, F/2.8, and the fastest shutter you can manage. (letting the camera meter at night probably isn't a good idea.)
I shoot RAW so I don't have to worry about White Balance and also to give more latitude in adjustments
Use AI-Servo focus with only the center point. I find it helpful to move the focus to the * button (custom function III I think.) Obviously, you want the high speed drive mode (6.5 fps).
The best way is to try a variety of different settings to see what works best, but there will be a general consensus about many of the settings, as you see in most of the replies so far.