Basketball season is here and I want to increase the quality of my images and plan on using strobes, but do not care for the shadows it causes sometimes or the fact you loose some fps. I realize it takes timing but short bursts sometimes gets a great shot that would have been not so great. Eyes closed for example.
I know with my PW Mini and Profoto AcuteB2 Air I can sync at 1500th with my 1DIV, and from what I remember that is a fast enough shutter speed to freeze action in high school ball.
I am thinking about bouncing 1 or 2 AcuteB2air's off the wall and ceiling and just slightly over power the ambient to give some pop and good colors and yet use very little power giving me fast recycle and quick shots. Even if 2 out of 3 shots have strobe and the 3rd doesn't if that shot was the keeper, could probably be salvaged. I have 3 Acuteb2's so could even set one down court for defense shots.
I am thinking about trying this method this weekend at a scrimmage but wanted to see what you thought about my idea before trying.
I know I can go the typical route and shoot at ISO 800 1/250 f/4 and allow the flash to freeze the action but being a portrait photograph I really hate shadows and can't help but wonder if this method would give the best of both worlds.
Here are a couple images I shot last year with out strobe, hoping to improve the colors and shoot at a little lower ISO. This was shot at ISO 3200 1/500 2.8