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Jan 14, 2011 22:23 |  #1

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I've done a couple basketball games and I am findiing my strengths and weaknesses. I need to work on my timing when the players take shots. I either get before or after the shot. I think the lighting is good but others may disagree. I am using two flashes placed on the baselines on either side of the court. I am also trying to not blow out the whites, some i did well, others not so good. C&C Please!!

These are at boys and girls games. All at 1/250 2.8 and either 1000 or 1250 ISO with my 70-200 II L

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Jan 14, 2011 22:40 |  #2

Are those one shot, low or high speed burst?


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Jan 14, 2011 23:39 |  #3

I think you got some back focus going on.




  
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Jan 15, 2011 07:24 |  #4

albertaskater wrote in post #11643821 (external link)
Are those one shot, low or high speed burst?

One shot with flashes.

I think you got some back focus going on.

Can you explain further? How do i fix this?


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Jan 15, 2011 12:28 as a reply to  @ CanonPhotographer's post |  #5

I don't think you have a focus problem, you need faster shutter speeds. For basketball, you need a minimum of 1/400. You timing I think it great, and have very nice action shots, they are just not sharp. That is a result of your shutter speed, with a f/2.8 lens you need your iso to 1600, probably higher depending on lighting. Your shooting a 7D, ISO3200 should work pretty nice with the f/2.8 lens, get those shutter speeds up.




  
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Jan 15, 2011 13:40 |  #6

These are at 1/250 as the OP is using flash. If he shot ambient only, then 1/500, f/2.8, ISO 3200 might be close.


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Jan 15, 2011 13:47 |  #7

Lighting is excellent, IMHO. Just gotta work on that focus now. Some look good, others look way off.


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Jan 15, 2011 22:49 |  #8

i think the focusing is just me, im still getting used to the fast pace. And i can only go as high as 1/250 because of the flash, as others had said


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Jan 15, 2011 23:18 |  #9

The lighting is terrible if you are flashing and still at ISO 1250.. or are you using the camera's pop-up flash?


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Jan 16, 2011 02:31 |  #10

Daship wrote in post #11644086 (external link)
I think you got some back focus going on.


It doesn't look like back focusing to me, just looks soft. Just keep practicing and you'll get more and more shots in focus.


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Jan 16, 2011 08:33 |  #11

DHMN wrote in post #11649838 (external link)
The lighting is terrible if you are flashing and still at ISO 1250.. or are you using the camera's pop-up flash?

I don't think its that bad...I am using two sunpak flashes off camera. If I had the money I would get some bees, but i cannot afford them at this time.


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Jan 16, 2011 09:36 |  #12

These dont look too bad at all. Like others have said before focus should be your number one concern. A couple of these look kinda soft. The other thing is composition. You dont want shots where limbs on the main subject are cut off (ie feet, arms, etc). If you cut off someone's feet in the frame crop it in to the waist. Also, going along with composition a couple of these have a lot of dead space that you could crop out.

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The lighting is terrible if you are flashing and still at ISO 1250.. or are you using the camera's pop-up flash?

The lighting isn't bad at all for just two speed lights. You have to remember that he is shooting in a high school gym not a NBA arena so the ambient light most likely is going to be pretty bad.

There are 11 high schools in the area I shoot for the newspaper. Of those 11 gyms only 2 of them I can shoot under 2000 ambient, about three of them I can get between 2000 and 3200, the rest I have to shoot over 3200 ambient and most of them are closer to 6400 ISO.

With that being said when I shoot in the gyms I need over 3200 ambient using strobes I still need over 1000 ISO to get good exposure. for the other 5 gyms where I can shoot under 3200 ISO using strobes then I can get under 1000 ISO and that varies from 400-1000 ISO.


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Jan 16, 2011 11:52 |  #13

CanonPhotographer wrote in post #11651280 (external link)
I don't think its that bad...I am using two sunpak flashes off camera. If I had the money I would get some bees, but i cannot afford them at this time.

I thimk what he is saying is the "ambient lighting" is terrible if you still have to shoot at ISO 1250. Not that the OP's lighting is terrible. But thats just my interpitation of the comment.


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Jan 17, 2011 07:34 |  #14

I was talking about the lighting in my pictures that it is not terrible. The ambient light in the gym is very bad. I shot wrestling there a few days ago and had to go to 12800 1/400, so you can judge from that how bad it is.

Thanks for everyones comments


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