Having problems with your Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera ?

Indoor sports pictures

\015 I am trying to take pictures of a diver doing somersaults and dives off a board indoors and cannot get one without blur. I have tried shutter speed, manual, automatic, indoor sports mode and panning and nothing seems to work. Could you suggest any settings for me. There are spotlights in the building as well. I am probably about 15 metres away from the diver\015\012thank you\015

Answers :

For sports photography, and especially indoors, you really need to be looking at a digital SLR camera. To freeze that sort of motion you need to be looking at a shutter speed of around 1/200 sec or less.
\015\012Most compacts won't do this as the light through the small lenses is a lot less than with an SLR. I've just looked at the sports mode on my wife's DMC-TZ5 and it doesn't even tell me anything about shutter speeds or aperture sizes, it's all automatically controlled by the camera.
\015\012The only way you would be able to make any difference with your camera is to increase the ISO setting to the highest possbile setting (1600 on the TZ5). The will reduce the blurring somewhat, but will also introduce some noise and graininess into your photos.
\015\012See how you get on, if not good enough I strongly recommend you hire a digital SLR for weekend and see the difference it would make - but you would also need a decent lens and this is where SLRs get very expensive!
\015\012Good luck
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