Having problems with your Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm Lens ?

I have a Nikon d200 and need to take sports photos in a basketball court The sport is very fast moving. What should I set the camera to. Lately the photos are dark and or blurry

\015 The sport is rope skipping and the skippers are very fast. I would like to get photos that make the jumper crisp and the background blurry and not dark\015

Answers :

You want the fastest shutter speed you can get and the largest aperture possible.
If you're close enough and it's allowed, use the flash. The flash will freeze the action. However, it's likely to give you a dark background instead of a blurry background.
If not, use the Aperture Priority mode. Open the lens to its maximum aperture (smallest f/number). This will give you the fastest shutter speed for the existing lighting conditions. The fast shutter speed will freeze the action and the large aperture will blur the background, though the amount of freezing may be limited if the lighting is relatively dark, as in a high school gym.
Be aware that if you're shooting indoors you're going up against the laws of physics. The human eye can adapt much better than any camera. A high school gym will appear light enough once you've been inside for a few minutes, but it is much, much darker than a bright day outdoors.
Try to get mono pod - use the good lens with f value of 2.8, set aperture to 3.5-2.8 - set iso 400-800 or in some cases 1000
try to get the shutter speed from camera. do not go below 25 shutter speed. Play around you will get your perfect shot.
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