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At the risk of sounding lazy, and not sure if it deserves a new thread I am struggling in taking good photos of my sons ice hockey games. Now I have not pulled out my canon 60D for dummies yet, a series of books with guys like me in mind. The best setting I have found so far is the sports setting (duh). But this is also in the auto side of the dial. As I shoot the pictures I notice the iSO is at 3200. I would say that 80 to 85% of the shots are really good, but if enlarged you can still see a blur, particular with the stick when someone is shooting, I have not yet ventured into the manual settings. Is this where I need to be to improve my shots? What are the settings I should be looking at? Any help would be much appreciated.
Go manual and make sure your shutter spead is high like 500th or so and it will stop anything. If you are at TSC, use the Flourescent setting on the light temp. Open your aperture to let in more light so you can get a faster shutter speed. Once you use manual for awhile you can set everything in one or two test shots and once it's set it is always correct and won't need much tweaking/development.
Hockey is tough to photograph under the best of circumstances to say nothing of poorly lit local rinks. Really helps to have fast lenses in this instance and a camera that does well at high ISO.