A&P Suggestions/Tips for taking better basketball pictures?

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  1. Left

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    I seemingly goto a lot of NBA games and I never seem to get more than about half of the pictures I shoot to come out even remotely decent.

    I don't have a DSLR and most places like Staples Center don't let you in with one anyway. Currently I have a decent compact P&S, Canon Powershot SD630. I've had it for a while and have learned how to get decent pictures out of it for the most part and understand most of the manual settings, etc. I'm considering getting the Canon G9 or G10 because it's compact enough that it will still be allowed in Staples Center and I'm not quite ready for a DSLR yet anyway.

    Okay, so here's the issue. Blurry pictures. If I turn the ISO past 200 it has too much noise to get a decent shoot. I turn the flash off as that seems to work better, but I can't hold the camera still enough for it not to blur, and everything becomes too dark with the flash on. I've tired different WB settings, AWB, Tungsten, Fluorescent, etc, with no luck. I also have Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg, and Spot options that I honestly don't understand so I leave it on Evaluative. :o

    Here's a few sample pictures I took last night, some that came out blurry and some that came out decent. What am I doing right and/or wrong, how can I take better pictures?

    I'm not always lucky enough to the this close, but this was a preseason game, normal season games I'm usually higher up so that changes how the pictures come out. That and it was much brighter inside this arena than it is in Staples Center.

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    you are going to have to compensate the noise to get a decently clear picture, most likely. How high does the ISO go on your camera? Do you know if you can manually control the aperture or shutter speed?
     
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    ISO800, but it's like watching scambled porn on cable there's so much noise at that level. No true aperture or shutter speed controls, just stuff like exposure compensation. :sad2:

    Most of the pictures above were taken at ISO200 and you can see a lot noise in them too, especially if I try to use the flash.
     
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    ah. well you are probably kind of up a creek with that camera. canon g9/g10 ftw.
     
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    Definitely bump the ISO up as high as it goes. Maybe NoiseNinja would help a little? Another thought, maybe try not to zoom in. That might allow more light in and you could zoom/crop in PP.

    Here's one my wife took with a Canon A630 from the loge. I believe the camera was set on auto (she's thinking about learning about photography, but here was interested in just taking a shot). The shot is as-is.

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    With the A630, it really is tough to stop the action. And just a little bit of wiggle and the entire picture is toast. I was there with my wife and was shooting with a D80 and got a couple shots. Here's one:

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    The NBA/arena is pretty cranky about people coming in and taking shots. They know most P&S cameras aren't going to get a quality shot. They are learning that DSLRs are ok if the lens isn't too long. I shot with my 50mm and I had brought along an 18-70mm.
     
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    At the Gund/Q/Progress/whatever arena here in Cleveland, the lens can not extend beyond 6 inches. I tried going in with my telephoto. No luck. The 18-70mm extends out to about 5 inches, I think. I have heard some folks wrap the lens in foil and make it look like a burrito and shove a coat pocket or purse. I'm not sure I've got the balls to do that (you try to use it and someone is bound to spot you). Different arenas have different rules though.
     
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    I don't think that would fly here. They make you take everything out of your pockets at Staples Center and then if anything goes off they wand you down. I had nothing on me when I went last week and they wanded me up and down, somehow my shoes kept going off and all I had on was Air Force 1's, the guy made me lift my pant legs up and everything. I don't even try to bring in my tiny pocket knife I keep on my keyring. :noes:
     

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