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What is the optimal setting for high-speed sports photography, like basketball, with a Pentax K10D??


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There is no one optimal setting for high-speed sports photography, just as there is no one optimal setting for any other type of photography. That's why cameras have so many controls.

Probably the biggest single problem is going to be light (or lack thereof, rather). Your shutter speed will tend to slow, leading to blurring. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, if you pan properly to follow the action. Also, blurring can give an impression of speed. However, generally you want your pictures to be as sharp as possible.

I assume you can't rig an additional dozen floodlight in the arena to increase the amount of light. And unless you're directly under the basket as a player goes in for a layup, you're going to be too far away for your flash to do any good.

You can raise the ISO to make your sensor more sensitive to what light there is. The downside to this is the increase in digital noise. However, given the choice between a noisy picture and no picture... How far to raise the ISO is your call; what may be acceptable for me may not be acceptable for you.

Set the camera to aperture-priority and set the widest aperture available on your lens (the smallest f/number). This will give you the fastest shutter speed possible under the circumstances. This sounds backward, but yes, I said aperture priority, not shutter-speed priority.

Even with all this, you still may not get anything like what you'd see in _Sports Illustrated_. They use fast lenses that let in more light. They also pay $2000 and more for each lens. I don't know whether you're that serious about this; it's your call.

I hope this helps.
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