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edited May 2014 Posted in » Nikon D5100 Forum
I take a lot of pictures of my sons while playing baseball, but they always seem to be blurred. I am using a 70-300mm lens. Can you help with the best settings to use? Thank you.


  • edited May 2014
    Hi there,
    To capture action you need to be using a fast shutter speed. This is for two reasons - to capture movement and to eliminate camera shake. For your lens the minimum speed you should use is 1/500th, but preferably nearer 1/1000th. Of course, if you use shutter priority, you may have to play around with ISO and aperture to get the depth of field and exposure you want. If your lens has VR then the shutter speed can be reduced a little, but not much.
  • Use S (shutter priority) mode. Set your shutter speed to 1/1000 sec. Ramp up the ISO to make sure you’re properly exposed. If you don’t want to deal with that, just turn on auto-ISO to let the camera handle it.
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