Settings to Improve Indoor Karate Pics on A6000

Started Apr 30, 2014 | Questions thread
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andycincy Forum Member • Posts: 80
Settings to Improve Indoor Karate Pics on A6000

Went to a karate tournament for my son in Chicago last weekend, and took a bunch of shots with my new a6000 and 18-105 G. Overall am very happy with how many good shots I got, considering I am not very experienced and had almost no time to play with settings prior to the tournament. Indoor karate is usually in a gym with average or poor lighting, and at this tournament I was seated about 30-40 ft away from the competition mat.

With that being said, here are flickr links to 2 groups of pictures shot that day:

Here are the settings for the group 2 pictures, which were taken later in the afternoon:

  • shutter priority
  • drive mode Hi
  • auto focus - AF-C
  • focus area - zone
  • exposure compensation - +3.3
  • shutter speed - 1/125
  • create style - clear
  • DRO - level 1
  • white balance - incandescent tungsten
  • metering mode - center
  • ISO - 2000
  • High ISO Noise Reduction - Normal

The only difference in the group 1 pictures was a slower shutter speed at 1/100 and slightly less exposure comp at +3.0.

Obviously there is some motion blur, especially in the group 2 shots where they were sparring and moving faster. I was trying to keep the ISO below 3200 to keep the noise down, but that got me some blur.

If anyone has some suggestions on tweaking the settings, I would appreciate it. I'll be taking many more karate pictures over the next few years (hopefully), so I would like to get the best ones possible. Thanks!

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