Recommended Camera Settings for Shooting Football

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Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority

F-stop: f/2.8

Note: I shoot wide open (using the lowest numbered f/stop) on whichever lens I’m using at the time, and I don’t change my f/stop the entire day.

Shutter Speed: 1/1000 of a second or faster

Note: For late afternoon or night games, I turn on Auto ISO and I set my MINIMUM shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second, so no matter what, I’ll also have at least 1/1000 of a second to freeze the action.

ISO: Bright Sunny Day Games: 100 ISO. Cloudy Days: 200 ISO. Night games: Auto ISO (see Shutter Speed above).

White Balance: Auto for day and night games, but I adjust it if it looks funky at night or if I’m shooting in a dome. A lot depends on the lighting in the stadium.

Focus Mode: AI Servo (Continuous Focus Mode on Canon bodies)

Auto Focus (AF) Area Selection Mode: AF point expansion (up, down, left, and right)

Focus Control: Back Button Focus

Shooting Mode: High-Speed Continuous (burst mode)

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