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Sep 03, 2012 17:24 |  #1

Still working on the strobes in the HS gym. Varsity practice today gave me an opportunity to spend a couple hours with the lights as well as shot timing since the multi image bursts are eliminated when using the strobes. Any CC on the exposure, WB and color would be appreciated. I know I'm missing the ball in some and faces in others, but tried to get a sampling from around the court with the different lens/focal lengths.

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Sep 03, 2012 17:28 |  #2

A few more from the same session.

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Sep 03, 2012 18:20 as a reply to  @ jhowdy's post |  #3

I'm loving the skin tones and IQ. Shooting strobed volleyball demands great timing to get the shot---just one chance. However, if you nail the shot, you will have a superior image. A tip: Go to practice and practice shooting single shot--even without strobes, just to improve your timing. I applaud your efforts.


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Sep 03, 2012 19:11 |  #4

Zivnuska wrote in post #14943590 (external link)
A tip: Go to practice and practice shooting single shot--even without strobes, just to improve your timing. I applaud your efforts.

Thank you Phil, I've taken your advice and once I realized there is a substantial amount of lag between my brain and the actual functioning of the shutter, I started to get the ball into the image. Now to keep improving to actually get the ball on or near the hands so I can crop appropriately. Practice sessions are great, since I can shoot endless serves, sets, digs over and over an drill down the timing. Probably more attempts in one practice than in a season worth of games.




  
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Sep 03, 2012 19:51 |  #5

Where did you locate the strobes?


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Sep 03, 2012 21:48 as a reply to  @ 4Bucks's post |  #6

On the first and third columns as far up as I can reach and tighten down the superclamp. This puts the net nearly centered between the strobes and I shoot with them to my back pointed nearly straight up into the ceiling. It is remarkable how much effect they have in an otherwise very typical dark HS gym.

This example is obviously from another activity, but show the layout of the gym.

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This is from today, shows the height above the bleachers and the reflector is pointed nearly straight up. Very handy to have power outlets right on the columns.
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Sep 03, 2012 22:14 |  #7

technically they are great. Obviously composition, framing, and cropping need work. When to use portrait vs landscape orientation could improve as well.


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Sep 04, 2012 04:32 |  #8

ewheeler20 wrote in post #14944575 (external link)
When to use portrait vs landscape orientation could improve as well.

I know it wasn't what I asked about initially, but would you might making some suggestions on the images posted? I shoot 95% of the time in portrait, so most landscape images are cropped that direction. Any guidance is always appreciated, thank you.




  
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Sep 04, 2012 19:05 |  #9

Hello,
Great set up, How is the recycle times on the flash? How does it keep up if you are shooting in burst mode like 3 frames a second.. or are you just working on timing a good action shot.
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Sep 04, 2012 19:53 |  #10

One shot only. I'm using one AB B800 and one White Lightening X1600, both full power. Others may have different results.




  
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