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03-21-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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Tips for taking boxing pictures with KX

Hi all,

Ill be taking some photos for my club next week at a fund raising event.

Points to note:
I will be ringside
Flash is not an option, but the lighting in the hall is quite good (basketball arena)
I only have the 2 stock lenses (the 18-55 & 50-200)

This will be the first time I'll have ever used the K-x properly so I'm am a little nervous (please excuse any silly questions!).

I know the K-x is not a sports camera but I just want to get the most out of it that I can with what I have.

Id be grateful if anyone can answer my questions:

From reading up on this I'm gathering i should use a high ISO (circa 2000), is this right?
Manual or Auto?
Single shot or try make use of the 4.7fps?
Shoot RAW or JPEG?
Any other tips or advise, aperture, shutter speed etc.?

Thanks!

03-21-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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K-x can be an excellent sports/action camera.

My tips, fwiw:

- use shutter-priority, minimum 125/s (precise speed will depend on lens focal length and distance from action);
- set to spot focus AF;
- set to centre-weighted auto exposure;
- set ISO to range up to 3200, maybe even 5000;
- shoot RAW+JPEG for maximum flexibility, or JPEG alone if you need shot-to-shot speed;
- get a fast Sandisk SDHC card;
- get another fast Sandisk SDHC card, format it in camera and keep it handy;
- use a monopod;
- visit the venue beforehand, take some test shots, rehearse the likely action, find the best spot to shoot from, and investigate the light.

Oh, and take two sets of fully-charged batteries, a lens cloth and blower.
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my opinion on fast sports if you are a beginner.

get the 35mm f/2.4 and leave the kit lens in the bag.

spend some time with it to get an idea of the framing and then research the shots you want to get.

do it right and people will think the fight was taken with D3 or 1D type cameras when all it took was a lightweight Kx and even lighter lens. Best of all the Kx runs on AA batteries so you can practically use it the whole day as long AA batteries and memory cards are available.
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QuoteOriginally posted by whatamiat Quote
Any other tips or advise, aperture, shutter speed etc.?
I would get the FA 50/1.4 and shoot with that at F/2.0 (it's sweet spot.) If you're ringside, 50mm at F/2 will give you good clean closeups (if the fighters are near you) to full-body shots (if they're at the other side of the ring.)

Start your shutter speed around 1/250s , but experiment with slower shutter speeds. As slow as 1/30s can look great if done at the right time (if the fighter's body is stationary during a punch their gloves will look like a blur, which gives a good sense of motion.)



QuoteOriginally posted by whatamiat Quote
From reading up on this I'm gathering i should use a high ISO (circa 2000), is this right?
No, use whatever ISO you need to get correct exposure at your selected shutter/aperture value.

QuoteOriginally posted by whatamiat Quote
Manual or Auto?
Use manual if you have experience with it. If you've never used it before you'll be spending more time futzing with dials than taking pictures. I'd recommend TAv (if the K-x has it) or Tv to keep your shutter speed near where you want it.

QuoteOriginally posted by whatamiat Quote
Single shot or try make use of the 4.7fps? Shoot RAW or JPEG?
Shoot jpeg, as high speed FPS possible. You don't want to have to decide "do I take this now, or wait to see if it lands" and pick the wrong one, and you don't want to be waiting for your buffer to clear during a knockout blow.

Arrive early to check your lighting levels, and set your whitebalance properly before everything starts.

Good luck!

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