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My first ever sports shoot: Basketball. How can I improve?

 
Riot ­ NOR
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Jan 03, 2011 01:53 |  #1

So I had my first bball shoot in november. I did it as a favor to a friend (one of the team's coach). I immediately noticed how hard it was to control lighting and somewhat wb. Well, after quite a few shots.

I also noticed high amounts of noise, but in my opinion, this added a "film look" to the pictures that I personally enjoy.

Comments & critique are always welcome (more so the real critiques and not a single-word comment).


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Jan 03, 2011 09:50 |  #2

1) What were your camera settings (i.e, shutter speed, iso, aperture)? They all look about 1/3 to 2/3 of a stop underexposed to me, although that a matter of personal preference.

2) I'm not too big on the b&w conversions either. I guess I'm not used to seeing them.

3) Action is good in all the shots, but be careful with the background. CRO-0664 and CRO-0650 are good examples -- all the signs are distracting whereas CRO-0733 is much better. It seems counter-intuitive, but don't be afraid to cut-off limbs when framing or cropping.




  
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Jan 04, 2011 06:30 |  #3

Jigglypuff wrote in post #11563708 (external link)
1) What were your camera settings (i.e, shutter speed, iso, aperture)? They all look about 1/3 to 2/3 of a stop underexposed to me, although that a matter of personal preference.

2) I'm not too big on the b&w conversions either. I guess I'm not used to seeing them.

3) Action is good in all the shots, but be careful with the background. CRO-0664 and CRO-0650 are good examples -- all the signs are distracting whereas CRO-0733 is much better. It seems counter-intuitive, but don't be afraid to cut-off limbs when framing or cropping.

Agree not a fan of B&W for sports action....


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Jan 04, 2011 06:50 |  #4

I like them but I think they have been over sharpened ....




  
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Jan 04, 2011 08:32 |  #5

They are all underexposed as mentioned. Most looks like you missed the peak action. It has always been told to me not to shoot during free throws. 1) It isn't an interesting picture, and 2) it can disrupt the shooter (player). I do tend to shoot the guys trying to get the rebound after a missed free shot.

You need to watch your backgrounds and your foregrounds. You have a lot of clutter in both reguards.

As far as WB. Take a couple test shots in the gym, find the K factor of the ones you like and dial that in as the WB. I would also suggest shooting in manual mode.


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Jan 06, 2011 17:40 |  #6

My fave of the bunch.

Not sure if I like the B&W for the action shots, I'd have to agree with the no pics of free throws. I don't mind the grain. The last shot is cool IMO with the crowd in the foreground.


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Jan 11, 2011 22:46 |  #7

I like the B&W. Good job.




  
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Jan 12, 2011 05:51 as a reply to  @ idahogiant's post |  #8

I think they've all been a bit over post-processed for my taste, some of them show hallows and that might be a little disturbing. Really curious about the camera settings. My favorite would be 0904 but the face is half-covered by the hand. When i shoot basketball i try to make sure i can get a clear face and if it's a jump shop i try to get the ball in the frame as well.


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