Question:

“My brother put my daughter in a karate class, I tried taking pictures of my daughter but because of all the movement a lot came out blurry. I’m just a beginner so I had it on auto mode. I have a canon rebel T6i, what should I change it to so I won’t get blurry pictures? Thank you in advance! “

Answers:

--Try using sports mode if there is enough light.


--Indoor shooting isn't easy and sports indoors is even worse.


--You biggest issue will be the lack of light. The camera is not as good as our eyes so what we think is good light the camera won't like. Try and using something like aperture priority mode. Have you aperture set as wide as you can and see if that helps.


--Don't be surprised if your images come out really grainy, that'll be down to the camera choosing a high ISO to try to compensate for the lack of light.




--Try things like panning or waiting till your daughter is more still just after she has finished a move. Without introducing more light it won't be easy. Equipment like a fast lens (f/1.8 or f/2.8) would help but only to an extent. A full frame camera or a good performing crop sensor would also improve matters but of course these will only go so far and cost a lot of money so they are not an option for everyone.


--Set it on shutter speed priority and set the shutter at 1/500 at the least. If you still see blur, go up to 1/640.

--You need a faster shutter speed to freeze action. If you're taking pictures indoors your ISO will have to be raised. I'm not sure what mode you shoot in whether it's auto, aperture priority, shutter priority or manual mode but you can't adjust one setting without adjusting another. If you're using auto mode you can put it on sport as suggested by Ronald. Or you can use shutter priority mode and select a fast enough shutter speed and let the camera figure out the other 2 settings. Your pictures will have a lot of noise in them from the higher ISO.

 --You need to do a faster shutter speed. Make sure you put higher ISO.
You can read more about it here:
www.basicphotographyguide.com

--Higher ISO may not be necessary depending on the lighting. If it's a dimly light area, a higher ISO may help more, but if it's well lit, raising the ISO is not really necessary.

--A good lens will make a huge difference. I highly recommend the Tamron 70-200 (with a fixed aperture of 2.8). I use it to shoot indoor barrel races--no flash allowed-- and in addition to the horrid lighting, there is dust and motion. Prior to getting that lens (and I bought a used one), about 10% of my photos turned out good. The fastest shutter speed possible is ideal, as that will freeze the action. However, that will not let in enough light, so you have to open up the aperture as high as you can, and adapt to the shallow depth of field (meaning your daughter's face might be in focus, but her hands and feet won't be, or she will be and her opponent won't). Of course, raising ISO will take in more light, but it also adds more grain. You have to test it out and decide how much grain you can live with (I shoot barrel races at a max ISO of 6400--the photos do have some grain, but the riders have bought some while saying "wow! these are SO much better than phone photos!" One of the most overlooked issues in these settings is the white balance. Getting a good or custom white balance also makes a BIG difference.

--Also, try this as well......

https://digital-photography-school.com/back-button-focus


--Not my question but love all the feed back. Learning new things in this great group. Thank you for taking the time to explain.

--The shutter speed adjustment will do wonders. And the back button focus technique is amazing. Helped me out tremendously!

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