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The main reason I wanted to upgrade was for the higher ISO and the higher fames per sec. It seems that a lot of my pictures come out kinda grainy or blurry because my targets are moving at a high rate of speed.
Higher burst rate won't help you with that. What you need is a faster shutter speed.

Are you using your camera on automatic or manual settings, and if so, what sort of settings are you using to capture your moving subjects? Also, what sort of light/time of day/environment are you shooting in?
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Here is a picture of my settings. The last time I was shooting was in my friends barn. The lighting isn't bad but its not that good ether. The only flash I have is the built-in which I use sometimes.

Here is my flickr page. The last 4 pictures were taken with the settings I posted.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/c_rand/

The reason I wanted the higher burst was so I could start shooting sequence.
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I see your problem there. For stop action, you want a fast shutter speed. This means you should either be shooting in TV or M mode, that is, in a mode that allows you direct control over the shutter speed. In AV mode, the camera will choose the shutter speed itself.

Personally, I'd use Manual mode with a high shutter speed, lens at 18mm (wide angle), and f/3.5. That should help you a bit with your shots.

Failing that, another option could be a fast prime lens. The 50mm f/1.8 is an inexpensive option, and allows you to open up the aperture to f/1.8 for even faster shutter speeds. There's also the 50mm f/1.4 and 28mm f/1.8, both of which have faster and more accurate autofocus motors. The 28mm f/1.8 also has a wider angle than the 50mm which might be friendlier to work with indoors if the barn you're in is a bit small.
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Thanks for all the tips I should be shooting tomorrow and I'll be trying a few things out. I had a friend (that went to school for photography) tell me that av is what he shoots with most of the time. So I was like derp must be good. Looks like I need to learn a little more about my camera before I upgrade.
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Thanks for all the tips I should be shooting tomorrow and I'll be trying a few things out. I had a friend (that went to school for photography) tell me that av is what he shoots with most of the time. So I was like derp must be good. Looks like I need to learn a little more about my camera before I upgrade.
Different settings for different purposes. I spend most of my time in M since I love manual control of my camera, but I use AV as well for general photography since in most cases, Depth of Field is of greater importance than shutter speed, hence, AV mode.

With action photography though, shutter speed is definitely more important. I mean, you don't care how blurry or sharp your background is if your subject is blurry because of motion, right? In this case, TV would be appropriate.

If you want, I cover this a bit in my guide here.
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the yongnuo is a full manual flash so you will need set up manually the shutter and aperture on the camera then set the power level on the flash to shoot. if you feel comfortable with that then go for it, cause with 2 flashes it will give you much better results then a single flash. but if thats too much for you then a canon 430exii or if you have money the 580exii are great flashes.

i looked at your flickr and i think you should really consider the 28/1.8 instead of flashes, the lens offers two stops more light then your current lens at 28mm (instead of 1/60 shutter it will be 1/240 or instead of 1600iso you can shoot 400iso)
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the yongnuo is a full manual flash so you will need set up manually the shutter and aperture on the camera then set the power level on the flash to shoot. if you feel comfortable with that then go for it, cause with 2 flashes it will give you much better results then a single flash. but if thats too much for you then a canon 430exii or if you have money the 580exii are great flashes.

i looked at your flickr and i think you should really consider the 28/1.8 instead of flashes, the lens offers two stops more light then your current lens at 28mm (instead of 1/60 shutter it will be 1/240 or instead of 1600iso you can shoot 400iso)
Not sure about the 460, but the 468 I use supports ETTL.

I also ditto the 28mm f/1.8 (or the 50mm f/1.4, depending on how big his barn is). But I think what's most important though is that he learn how to use his camera first. Using the camera at wide angles for the max f/3.5 aperture in TV might give him better results. Of course, it'll be easier with a nice, fast prime lens, but I think the skill set is something that should be developed before the equipment upgrades.
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