Hello, everyone! I am interested in taking some pictures of my nephew in an upcoming football game. For those of you who take night-time or sports photos, could you share your set up like lens selection, aperture, flash or no flash, etc.? I have a Canon Rebel XSI and experimented this past Friday using the Canon EF 75-300 mm (f/4-5.6 III USM) lens. Of course, not being the most put-together person, I did not bring an external flash. I had the ISO jacked up to 800 and the pics have quite a bit of noise. I also had my camera set for a shutter speed of 1/500. Can anyone offer any advice???
Welcome to the forum. Several people here do that kind of thing, hopefully one or more of them will see your post and Q.
I have a 300mm f4:5.6 and, unfortunately, that's not very fast. Your probable distance from the subject is going to severely limit the effectiveness of your flash, even a good speedlight. What quality of exposure were you getting at 1/500th? The more it's underexposed, the more noise you are going to get. You may want to experiment with a slower shutter speed; 1/250th will double your light and you are probably far enough away from the action to get acceptable results -- give it a try and see what happens.
As I say, others do this kind of thing and I'll bet you soon see some posts with actual settings they use.