1. scott199

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    Hi All.

    I would say im a beginner at best, I've been asked by a local non-league team to be their personal picture taker (not using the other term as I'm not worthy yet :D) they are well aware of my novice abilities but the fact its voluntary and also they prefer someone like me being an ex-player and coach and manager of senior football, they feel I will have slightly more advantage on action/players and such. ( or the fact im free)

    Anyway the above is not the question, I've done a little sport (football and motocross) but they want me to do team photos as well (I've expressed the need to get a pro/semi-pro in for this but no money available) this is the bit I'm stuck with, I'm not keen and they know it but being the softy i am, ill do what i can.

    Just need to ask advice about what the best lens to use, during a game I can flip and change but team pics have a little less time (i mean kinder garden attitude of players and boredom after 13 seconds :mad:)

    So if you could, best lens and idea of aperture? (mainly for facebook/twitter/local paper and small prints for dressing room/hallway (10x12 ish maybe bigger)

    list of equipment available: Nikon D5100
    Lens #1: Nikon 35mm F1.8g af-S
    Lens #2: Tamron 17-50 non vc
    Lens #3: Nikon 18-200 afs vr
    Lens #4: Sigma 70-200 2.8 osm
    Lens #5: Sigma 105 os macro (probably my favourite lens for everything :p) I want to use this but would prob need to be on the halfway line :rolleyes:

    I do have a tripod, will use and i do have a sb600 flash but not using this as it complicates lift to much. i also have a TC if that makes any difference.

    thanks for any help
     
  2. redhed17

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    Are these team pics before a game, or at the start of a season?

    Before a game with just the 11 or so players you can just practice looking at a wall or fence to see which lens is most suitable. You know roughly how much space they will take up, just see which lens gets you a reasonable distance from them/wall/fence. I would probably use the 17-50mm, but you will know better be practising the situation beforehand.

    A start of the season pic with more players and staff is a similar thing, you just may have to stand a bit further back. ;)

    As for the Aperture, I think it would be f8-f1, which is the sharper aperture range of most lenses. You may just have to keep an eye on the shutter speed on a dull day. With so may people I would do a few bursts of shots to try and get one with everyone's eye open. ;)

    You don't really need a tripod or flash imho.

    The output from your camera will print images much larger than the 10x12 ish mentioned. As long as you fill the frame. ;)
     
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    Well done.. great opportunity and will open lots of doors for you and give you good experience.. you should get more out of this than the club will even though both will benefit..

    OK out of the lens you listed I would say this one and stay around 18 yd box on the goal line..you will get the team your doing attacking scoring and celerating.. however you wont get any of the defenders or goalkeeper so you may want to give that some thought..


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    Do NOT use a tripod or flash even under floodlights.. search this forum for more info..
     
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  4. scott199

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    Thank you, really appreciate the help
     
  5. scott199

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    Hi KIPAX.
    Thank you for the advise, I’m much more confident about the action shots, game points and positions I can relate to, it’s the team photo that’s concerning me, more so which lens to use, tripod or not and knowing how players are I’d like to hit this first time and I probably won’t really get to see how it comes out till I’m home.

    action shots I have some leeway with not being perfect as I’m a beginner and they know that. but static team pics I will only get one chance (plenty of pics but short timescale to get it right) and I want to do team/sponsors proud and get them a reasonable pic to hang up.
     

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