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First HS Football Shoot, Observations.

 
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Sep 21, 2015 08:08 |  #1

Shot my first ever football game because the local paper needed help with coverage. http://www.thebatavian​.com …ts-elbabyron-bergen/77430 (external link)

The morning of the game I looked online for some tips on how to shoot the game. Best info I read was stand 15 yards in front of the line of scrimmage or 5 yards behind and if you have a big lens stand behind end zone. So that is basically what I did. I found out, at least for my first game, I liked standing at the gaol line so I could shoot down field and then get a shot of them crossing he goal line. The field this game was played on was just painted grass. Had there beed a clear delineation of end zone marking vs any where else on the field I would think staying behind the end zone would work well too. The other good tip was set exposure compensation +2/3 a stop to get the faces inside the helmits. Also I shot JPEGs not raw files.

The gear I started the game with was my 7Dmkii with the 200-400 zoom with built in 1.4 extender. My 1DX with the 70 to 200 on it. Turns out I had the lens camera combo backwards. I had too much reach withe 7dmkii and rarely engaged the extender in the 200-400 lens and the 70 to 200 on the 1DX was not enough lens at times. So I switched them and that worked out just about perfect until the end of the game for candids where I needed to put the 70-200 back on he 1DX as not to be framed too tight.

Because both of my cameras are speed demons I took way too many shots and editing was a chore. I was trying not to spray and pray too much but not ever having shot a game I started shooting early and ended late make sure I did not miss anything. I got better by the end of the game and was shooting two three shot bursts for the action.

I'm shooing a game this coming Saturday too, any other tips or suggestions?


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Sep 22, 2015 00:35 |  #2

Couple of thoughts:

1) Watch your exposure. Some are underexposed. Overexpose enough to bring out the faces.
2) Crop tighter
3) You missed focus on some of these
4) Shots don't always have to be vertical. You've got a good mix, but some would be better horizontal.
5) If your light is steady (consistent) then shoot manual. Meter off the grass to get a starting point. Auto modes can vary too much.
6) Don't be afraid to push the ISO. I regularly shoot at ISO 8000/10,000. The trick is to slightly overexpose then bring it down in post. Underexposing and bringing it up in post only makes the noise worse.
7) Shoot RAW! Especially if lighting is bad.

Practice, practice, practice! Keep shooting!!

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Sep 22, 2015 07:48 |  #3

Thanks for the input,

1, yep
2, will do
3, Um ya I did
4, I agree, I think that was a Kelby tip to shoot 90 percent vertical, it did not work out that well.
5, It was inconsistent, I'll try that
6, no fear there
7, I shoot RAW so much I forgot how to switch to JPEG. I switched because the big sports photogs recommend jpeg for the speed. I did not fill up a buffer when I shot this game saw raw would have worked.


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