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    Night sports photography

    Does anyone in this group have experience in rodeo, specifically night rodeo photography? I began shooting rodeos this past year and have done pretty well but am always looking for improvements. I struggle with noise and the balance between having noise and using noise reduction and thereby losing sharp crisp images. I have only used LR for processing but maybe there is a better way out there to handle 8,000 ISO images. As info I use a Nikon D810 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. My typical camera set up is 1/640 shutter, f/2.8, 8,000 ISO. Samples are attached.


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    Re: Night sports photography

    Can you be more specific about what "noise reduction" you're struggling with? I would think that ISO 8,000 on a D810 and minor to moderate software adjustments would solve whatever issues you're seeing.

    What noise reduction methods are you using?

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    Re: Night sports photography

    I am using LR detail adjustments and pushing the LNR slider to about 25, masking to 50, sharpening to 50, and all others at their default. I can go higher than 30 with LNR but I lose so much detail.

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    Re: Night sports photography

    I have a couple of questions for you.

    • Are you using the separate slider to also adjust color noise?
    • Are you using the separate slider to also adjust contrast noise?
    • Are you raising your exposure and/or shadows when post processing? If so, that will add noise. It's better to slightly over expose and lower your highlights.


    I shoot at ISO 5000 or 8000 during Worship. Granted the photos won't be quite the same as when shooting at ISO 100. Nik Dfine is a great noise reduction plug-in. It was free for a while until it was taken over by DXO. Did you ever get the free version? That also allows adjustments to be made to the color and noise sliders.
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    Re: Night sports photography

    Yes, I usually lower the color noise slider since it tends to blur the photo a bit and is not necessary at the default. I do not however, adjust the contrast noise since it usually has little effect. I definitely always raise the exposure and shadows as it is tough to get enough light in these low light arenas.

    I have not tried Nik Dfine and will take a look at it.
    thanks for your questions/comments.

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    Re: Night sports photography

    Night sports photography
    Meant to be constructive help, please know it's nothing more than that and I can't know everything of the challenges you had at the shoot.

    Couple things I see. The images are being brightened too much and I see blow-out. This is in the evening, but the images have been cranked up to the brightness of heavy overcast.

    Last one has some heavy color cast/WB issues. The others have WB issues as well.

    This image was shot at night on a D600 at night. Don't remember all the settings, but the D600 isn't half the camera the D810 is. I'm suspecting the biggest challenge your facing is editing skills.

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    Re: Night sports photography

    Please let me know what you mean by WB issues and thank you for your reply.

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    Re: Night sports photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Ramsey View Post
    Please let me know what you mean by WB issues and thank you for your reply.
    WB = White Balance

  9. #9
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    Re: Night sports photography

    I knew you meant white balance but am wanting to understand what you mean by issues.

  10. #10
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    Re: Night sports photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Ramsey View Post
    I knew you meant white balance but am wanting to understand what you mean by issues.
    They're not correct. Looking at your 4 photos... from top to bottom, 1,2, and 4 are cold/blue/green. Image #3 is RED... ??????





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