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Jan 09, 2012 08:16 |  #16

It obviously doesn't, but I would think the flash would distract the players.


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Jan 09, 2012 08:19 |  #17

rob0225 wrote in post #13672742 (external link)
It obviously doesn't, but I would think the flash would distract the players.

Coaches and players all say they never notice a single flash from me, they do however notice the Mom or newspaper who use on camera flash on the baseline.

Its like anything else, if set up correctly its works perfect.


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Jan 09, 2012 11:20 |  #18

rob0225 wrote in post #13672742 (external link)
It obviously doesn't, but I would think the flash would distract the players.

I saw his set up and correct me if I'm wrong, the strobes are set to fire up towards the ceiling instead of on camera pointing towards the players....

I have bumped my ISO up to 3600-4000 range and seem to be getting better results - still not perfect but getting more keepers than before....


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Jan 09, 2012 13:35 |  #19

firefighter4u wrote in post #13673649 (external link)
I saw his set up and correct me if I'm wrong, the strobes are set to fire up towards the ceiling instead of on camera pointing towards the players....

I have bumped my ISO up to 3600-4000 range and seem to be getting better results - still not perfect but getting more keepers than before....

That is correct, its bounced of the corners of the gym and the ceiling.
Also the short flash sync is so fast people just don't realize its happening.


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Jan 17, 2012 15:21 |  #20

Out of necessity years ago, I had no choice but to shoot basketball with on-camera flash. Did so for many years. I would ask players if the flash bothered them. Not one high school kid ever said they noticed the flash. Many would say "I never even saw you standing there."


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Jan 27, 2012 23:28 |  #21

is there a way to get results without strobes?


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Jan 28, 2012 07:49 |  #22

burnet44 wrote in post #13781712 (external link)
is there a way to get results without strobes?

Yes, but the lights in the gym will always be a factor. Here are two gyms I shoot in. The first is pretty nice at ISO 8000, f/2.8 and 1/500. The nicest thing about this gym is that the light spectrum is pretty full and doesn't flicker too much. No need to strobe this place.

The second shot is the same girl in the ugly home gym. Now I'm at ISO10000, f/2.8 and 1/640. That's the same light level, except the damn 60 Hz flicker has me pushing this shot 2/3 stop and it still doesn't look how I would like. And the frequency is incomplete and so the tones are just a little wonky.

Can I make a 16x20 from either? yes. But realistically the second shot is a place I should be strobing.


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Jan 28, 2012 21:06 |  #23

nice
my 40D only goes to 3200
which is crappy


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Jan 31, 2012 09:28 |  #24

I tried a flash
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Jan 31, 2012 15:34 |  #25

yea I tried a flash the other day also, looked like crap in my opinion. It was on camera and pointed toward the player.... powered low to act as a fill. Didn't turn out too good.


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Jan 31, 2012 16:53 |  #26

I hear ya
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no wonder I cant sell spit


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Feb 01, 2012 20:09 |  #27

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Feb 10, 2012 23:47 as a reply to  @ burnet44's post |  #28

shot another game tonight. mostly used my 70-200 and a few like below with my newly acquired 17-50... all were around ISO 4000.... still not thrilled with my results.


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Feb 11, 2012 00:19 |  #29

Looks a little underexposed. I'm on the iPad and can't check the exif.. What's your shutter speed?

Couple things about shooting ambient basketball. Don't use ISO 200O or 4000. It's better to use 2500 or 5000. Keep your shutter above 1/500. Always shoot towards the stands. KNEEL DOWN or sit. Shoot 'to the right'.. Your gonna blow out the scorers table and lights. NEVER underexpose! There is always one side of the court with better lighting...shoot there the whole game(if your shooting both teams). Pay attention to how the ref's rotate positions and you'll limit how many ref a$$ pics you get.


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Feb 11, 2012 00:35 as a reply to  @ Drozz119's post |  #30

I believe it was 1/400 because I was trying to keep my ISO as low as possible because I just can not seem to capture quality photos without a lot of noise... here is one from the other side of the gym. They are just lousy photos and I am becoming quite disgusted.....


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