I have been using Nikon digital cameras since 2004 for outdoor action sports. I am currently shooting football in bright sunlight, and I have noticed that when I photograph a subject and I am more than 20 degrees off from the direction of the sunlight, the cameras (D300, D300s, D700, D3s) all have a problem dealing with the high contrast between the sunlit areas of the subject and the shadowed areas. Are there any settings anyone can share to help improve the results? When I use the active D lighting options in the camera, I notice an improvement, but I also notice a degradation in the speed of the shutter. Also, when shooting action sports with these cameras and the subject is back lit, I can't seem to get as sharp of an image. Any tips on dealing with these high contrast situations would be appreciated.