Quick Sports Tip: Indoor Football
To freeze most indoor football action you will need to shoot at least 1/360, and many shooters stick with at least 1/500. I like to see some foot and hand motion in my shots so I use a lot of 1/360 and
1/400th. In addition, if you are shooting at say 300mm you will need at maybe t 1/360 to *safely* eliminate handshake blur. Put your camera in shutter priority at 1/360 or 1/400th minimum and open your lens all the way
up and then set the ISO to the lowest setting that still gives you an adequate exposure.
The indoor shots below were taken in very poorly lit arena without the aid of a tripod or a flash.
For indoor sports your best bet would be to purchase an f2.8 lens or faster to
allow usable shutter speeds. On the cheerleaders you can sometimes drop to as low as 1/200th and still freeze most of what needs to be frozen, but I would stay a little faster under most shooting conditions.
The shots you see above were shot with the Minolta 135 2.8 on the A700 ISO 2500-3600 at about 1/400th Handheld.