Having problems with your Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm Lens ?

Friday Night Lights Blur

\015 Imusing my Nikon D40 to take pictures at My high school's Fottball games My shutter speed is slow so it makes my pictures blurry any solutions?\015

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Congrats on the D40! It is a great camera! Best buy out there for a DSLR. You can spend more, but for the money you can't get a better camera.
\015\012I've been shooting football games from the sidelines for four years with a Nikon D70, which is almost the same camera as the D40.
\015\012For shutter speed, you'll need to use a maximum of about 1/350. With the lighting at most high school stadiums, you won't likely be able to get enough light at this shutter speed with the "shooting modes".
\015\012You need to set:
\015\012ISO to 3200 (max)
\015\012Program mode to "S"
\015\012Shutter speed to 1/350 or maybe 1/500. The 'S' mode will keep the shutter speed where you set it and vary the aperature to control exposure, as best it can.
\015\012This will give you photos at most locations with the 18-55 that are a bit dark, and you'll need to adjust the lighting in whatever software you use. If this gets you photos that are acceptable at your location, you can stop here.
\015\012But if not, then you'll need to move to some more complicated "tricks".
\015\012I could describe some techniques, but Ken Rockwell has a good explanation of how to do this on his website (you also may find it useful for general photography hints).
\015\012And then look at where he talks about "pushing".
\015\012Ken also talks about setting ISO to 6400, which can be done on this camera. You'll need to work with removing the grain (noise) afterwards, though.
\015\012If you're using the 18-55 and are happy with the zoom, then you could potentially switch to the straight 50mm f1.8 lens that Nikon sells for about $120. This won't autofocus on the D40, but the f1.8 will get you far better low light capability. The 50 is easy and fast to focus manually.
\015\012You could also go after the 80-200mm f2.8, which goes for about $800 new or $500 on ebay. Again, you'd have to manual focus, but the f2.8 will get you way more light into the camera.
\015\012If you post what you are using for lens and give a general idea of what you use for software, I can point you some other places that will show how to deal with noise and also lighten your exposure if you need to.
If you go into the picture taking menu there is a selection just for sports. There is also one for night scenes. One of these two should solve your problem. If this does not work, go back into the menu and choose to restore all settings to the factory default. Sometimes we inadvertantly place certain settins that we don't want.
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