How To Shoot Low Light Indoor Sports Photography?
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March 7, 2020

Indoor sports photography can be a bit challenging because the light is different everywhere and you have little or no control over it. So the camera settings go a little bit different than an outdoor sports event.

In this blog, we have written some important settings that you should try to capture indoor sports photography with precision and professionalism.


Here Is How You Can Take Amazing Sports Photographs In Low Light


What Do You Need?


To shoot sports photographs indoors, where the light is low, you cannot make do with a point shoot camera. You will have to use a DSLR camera or a mirrorless camera. And you will have to pair it with a combination of a fast aperture lens, with a minimum of 2.8 f-stops. A kit lens might also work but you will have to adjust the ISO to get a proper needed exposure.


Use Manual Mode:


I know using manual mode sounds a bit difficult, but let me tell you, once you know how to adjust the settings in your camera, then the manual mode will become your best friend. Besides, for indoor sports photography, the Auto setting is as good as of no use. Not just because of the exposure and white balance settings, but the auto shutter speed settings are not ideal to capture fast action in the sports. So always go for manual mode and learn the settings slowly.


Exposure Triangle Setting:


The right combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO is going to give you a great crisp sharp photograph. As you are going to shoot in manual mode, you should get a good hold of the exposure triangle.




To begin with, keep your Aperture setting as low as possible. But don't go below (f/2.8.) this will ensure a good focus on the subject that you are trying to capture, by giving you a shallow depth of field.


Shutter Speed:

To freeze the action, you need to get your shutter speed correct, so always try to keep your shutter speed very fast. Setting it faster than 1/1000th of a second can capture anything at a very fast pace. Between 1/500 - 1/1000 will let you capture a flying ball or a running player. And 1/100 - 1/500 is good for capturing humans at the action. You obviously can't keep changing the settings, so the idea is to go with a shutter speed of 1/800th of a second.




Start with adjusting the ISO to 800, if the picture is dark, then increase the ISO. if it's too bright then decrease the ISO.


White Balance:


When you shoot a lot of artificial bright light it is going to cause an unnatural effect. The indoor lights are mostly yellow. And if you don’t adjust the white balance properly, then it can make the photograph very icky and edited. So you better adjust the white balance beforehand. Adjust it to fluorescent blue, to a cooler side and your picture will be balanced. And if it is the other way round, then adjust the white balance to a warmer side.




Apart from these settings what you also need to focus on is to always shoot in continuous mode to ensure that your subject never goes out of focus. And capture the pictures in burst mode to get more chances at photographing.

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