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Jul 13, 2011 21:22 |  #1

I'm still learning how to do proper sports shots. One of the main things I have trouble is that the action sometimes moves so fast that I can't catch it. Any tips and suggestions would help. Thanks!

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Jul 13, 2011 22:32 |  #2

You did really well. Volleyball is very difficult to shoot - watching that ball randomly bounce around at hypersonic speed makes getting well executed shots a challenge! Here's a thread that has a lot of good tips: https://photography-on-the.net …7866&highlight=​volleyball


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Jul 14, 2011 08:30 |  #3

those are excellent.




  
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Jul 14, 2011 09:09 |  #4

Volleyball is difficult in only that you have to shoot it different then other sports...sort of. There is plenty of opportunities to get great action shots with VB, and if you try to get them all you will end up pulling your hair out. When I shoot a VB match I set out with a game plan. I'll typically sit in two different places during the matches when I'm not using strobes. First I'll set up about two feet to the left of the net post. This angle will get me good shots of the server and net play as well as digs on the side of the court I'm shooting from. When the server is on my side of the net I'll concentrate a few shots on the server. After the serve I'll watch and see how play develops. It's pretty easy to tell what the players are setting up for. Once I see that I know where to focus in on the action shot. When the server is on the other side of the net, I focus on where I think the serve is going to land and grab what is typically some level of a dig. You'll then have time to quickly assess where the team is setting up the kill shot, and focus on that area.

The other place I like to set up is behind the back base line. (similar position as all of your shots were taken, but I'll set on the floor/ground near one of the corners and grab shots (digs/blocks/kills) of the players on the opposite side of the court. You're keeper rate will be lower at this angle, but you will be able to grab some great shots from that position.


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Jul 14, 2011 09:20 |  #5

Thanks all! Your posts really helped!




  
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Jul 14, 2011 11:18 |  #6

I would try and shoot a little tighter. The action you've captured is good (I especially like 2 and 6, face of the hitter, ball in the picture, 2 blockers going up) A good deal of these shots can be cropped down to focus more on the action. Also, something you'll come to learn for volleyball is that vertical orientation tends to work better. Give that a shot and you'll definitely like the results.




  
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Jul 14, 2011 15:55 |  #7

Damadsetta wrote in post #12757375 (external link)
I would try and shoot a little tighter. The action you've captured is good (I especially like 2 and 6, face of the hitter, ball in the picture, 2 blockers going up) A good deal of these shots can be cropped down to focus more on the action. Also, something you'll come to learn for volleyball is that vertical orientation tends to work better. Give that a shot and you'll definitely like the results.

Thanks Damadsetta, I'll have to keep that in mind for next time. Cropping seems like it'll work for this as well.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 03:05 |  #8

I second everything damadsetta says. btw, if you play the game yourself then it will be a lot easier. just need to shoot a little tighter (and/or crop tighter) and also try and shoot in portrait mode so that you can get rid of a lot of that noisy background. By noisy I mean cluttered...With that, it my help a little if you tried to find a spot where there weren't too many things in the background or, I can't tell from the photos too well, if you could find a spot to sit on the ground and shoot up that might unclutter it a bit.

I shoot more girls vball and their game is just a lot slower to photograph, so if you need a little more help with timing try a game or two of womens, then move onto guys. good luck!


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Jul 15, 2011 15:32 |  #9

touthao wrote in post #12754552 (external link)
One of the main things I have trouble is that the action sometimes moves so fast that I can't catch it. Any tips and suggestions would help. Thanks!

When I'm shooting sports with my 50mm f/1.8 on my 30D, I shoot with both eyes open. This really helps me anticipate the "moment" with greater consistency, particularly when I want to shoot a certain player or position. I can keep my camera trained on that player and wait for the ball to come into the frame, with my left eye giving me plenty of warning. This only works, however, for balls going left to right.

When I shoot with my 100mm, I can still shoot with both eyes open, but it gets tricky because the decreased angel of view creates a greater blind spot when the ball travels from the view of one eye to the other. With practice, it can still be done, though.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 15:35 |  #10

I would love to see a tighter, vertical crop of the striker in #2 :)


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Jul 16, 2011 04:23 |  #11
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Jul 16, 2011 08:16 |  #12

It isn't easy. I like to go to my sons soccer games and take pictures. I just use the action setting on my 60D and let her rip. I take around 400 and 800 shots depending.(I need another HD) I mostly try for the action shots and face shots. It makes me laugh when I set up the shots I have taken and play them back so I can see all the different expressions. But, like me, just keep snapping away. Ask questions here and you will get answers. I love to come and look around and dream of being able to take pictures like most of the people around here. :):)


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Jul 16, 2011 14:31 as a reply to  @ 2goldens's post |  #13

Nice framing!




  
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Jul 16, 2011 15:45 |  #14

touthao,
Unfortunately most of these shots with the excepetion of 1 or 2 are either late or early (not peak action). With that said its not a bad start though. The last one I dont see any reason to post if your looking for comment on action.
To help with C&C you should number your photos next time. I agree with the others that tighter shots and crops would help these images be better action shots.
1. Is late and needs a tighter verticle crop.
2.Late, needs a tighter horizonal crop, straighten horizion.
3.Late, if this was shot for defensive subject we should be seeing thier faces, crop, horizon.shadow center botom???
4&5. probely your best shot with #4 being the best IMHO, still need cropped.
6. ??? not sure why this was included or what is going on here.
In short work on your timing, compostion. Also do your PP prior to posting so we can see the very best of what you have to offer for C&C.
Hope this helps, and I look forward to seeing future work and your progress.


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Jul 18, 2011 14:04 |  #15

J.Napier wrote in post #12769667 (external link)
touthao,
Unfortunately most of these shots with the excepetion of 1 or 2 are either late or early (not peak action). With that said its not a bad start though. The last one I dont see any reason to post if your looking for comment on action.
To help with C&C you should number your photos next time. I agree with the others that tighter shots and crops would help these images be better action shots.
1. Is late and needs a tighter verticle crop.
2.Late, needs a tighter horizonal crop, straighten horizion.
3.Late, if this was shot for defensive subject we should be seeing thier faces, crop, horizon.shadow center botom???
4&5. probely your best shot with #4 being the best IMHO, still need cropped.
6. ??? not sure why this was included or what is going on here.
In short work on your timing, compostion. Also do your PP prior to posting so we can see the very best of what you have to offer for C&C.
Hope this helps, and I look forward to seeing future work and your progress.

Awesome! Thanks for the analysis! I love posts like this. For a first timer like myself to finally post up pictures, posts like this really helps me out. Thanks a lot JNapier. I'll try to work on crafting better images.




  
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