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Nov 13, 2015 05:09 |  #136

Hello photo net! I'm new to the forum here, but really like what I've seen so far, lots of great pics! This year i had an opportunity to shoot a few HS football games, here's a few pics


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Nov 13, 2015 07:27 |  #137

Just a question for those of you shooting with flashes. Does this not bother the players? I was always told flash photography at sports was a no-no, as it is distracting, and blinding sometimes.

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Nov 13, 2015 08:18 as a reply to  @ Parmcat's post |  #138

I believe for the most part, the athletes don't notice. I've never had a complaint from an athlete and I've asked several who I know and they've said they didn't even realize I was using flash (or strobes).

I believe the distraction is greater for the spectators and others though, especially those who aren't following the action, get distracted by the flashes and wonder what they're for, who is shooting with them, etc.

In all honesty, I wish I didn't need to use flash or strobe at all given the extra investment, time to set up, etc.; however, there is a significant difference in quality of image delivered and it allows me to shoot in locations I would have to skip otherwise. When I can leave the gear behind, I do.

FYI, there are very few sports where flash isn't allowed in my area, such as volleyball (other areas allow it, but many don't), gymnastics and diving.


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Nov 13, 2015 08:27 |  #139

If you've played a sport & are truly focused on what you're doing, you don't notice "distractions" like that that are around you. It's usually the "notsogreat" players that complain about the flash & their soccermom waving from the stands. ; )


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Nov 13, 2015 09:14 |  #140

I have shot a couple of games in my area that someone was using a flash on the opposing side. I found it rather annoying, and a little distracting personally. One of the Augusta Chronicle photographers has a strobe set up for basketball that was relatively non invasive, he had 2 stands on each side of the court he was shooting from, and they were in soft boxes. They didn't pop very bright; but having seen the results, he was using HSS and the fact he was using a flash was not noticeably. Well, the images were great I mean. Sometimes, it it all to obvious that a flash was used. Its nice to use them in a way that compliments; but doesn't stand out diminishing the natural light - when available of course!

Glad to finally be reading a little more about how to use them in a sports setting!


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Nov 13, 2015 11:20 |  #141


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Nov 13, 2015 11:39 |  #142

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I have shot a couple of games in my area that someone was using a flash on the opposing side. I found it rather annoying, and a little distracting personally. One of the Augusta Chronicle photographers has a strobe set up for basketball that was relatively non invasive, he had 2 stands on each side of the court he was shooting from, and they were in soft boxes. They didn't pop very bright; but having seen the results, he was using HSS and the fact he was using a flash was not noticeably. Well, the images were great I mean. Sometimes, it it all to obvious that a flash was used. Its nice to use them in a way that compliments; but doesn't stand out diminishing the natural light - when available of course!

Glad to finally be reading a little more about how to use them in a sports setting!

I'm surprised that you even noticed it unless you were facing them directly. I've shot HS games with other photographers that used flash as well and never noticed them . Only reason I knew they were there is because I saw them come in and knew they covered the opposing team. Most of the time I shoot on an angle outside the 20s so I never notice another photographer. I only use flash at football and basketball. I've never had a player, coach, ref, or parent complain. Most say they never noticed it.


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Nov 13, 2015 12:53 |  #143

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I'm surprised that you even noticed it unless you were facing them directly. I've shot HS games with other photographers that used flash as well and never noticed them . Only reason I knew they were there is because I saw them come in and knew they covered the opposing team. Most of the time I shoot on an angle outside the 20s so I never notice another photographer. I only use flash at football and basketball. I've never had a player, coach, ref, or parent complain. Most say they never noticed it.

That was it! They were covering the other team, on direct opposite side. This was an amateur though.


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Nov 13, 2015 15:08 |  #144

Must be nice, I'm not allowed to use flash.


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Nov 13, 2015 18:01 |  #145

I like day games, no light worries. Good info on the strobes. I am not sure they are allowed here. I know for Basketball it is not allowed.

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Nov 15, 2015 15:21 |  #146

He went up high to intercept this pass. They went on to lose the game to my high school team. Happy my old HS team won their 1st playoff game in a long time.


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Nov 17, 2015 08:38 |  #147

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Hi Scott, I am using a 7D2 for the past month, just curious, whats your method for white balance under the lights? I'm using a 70-200 f2.8 IS. I have tried using k temp, and of course custom WB. Still seem to have a tough time getting a solid WB. I do shoot RAW, so can adjust in post. Just curious, nice stuff!

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Nov 19, 2015 22:26 |  #148

Jefferson High School (AAA) vs South Charleston High School(AAA). Jefferson hosted their first playoff game in 10 years. Ranked #6 in the state, Jefferson was upset by #11 South Charleston 28-8.

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Nov 20, 2015 10:12 |  #149

Nice shots. Looks like you are on your knees getting these shots. Did the receiver catch the ball for a TD?


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Nov 21, 2015 11:31 as a reply to  @ Methodical's post |  #150

Hey, thanks! I always try to shoot from my knees. Unfortunately, he didn't make the catch - just off his fingertips. He was bobbling the ball all the way to the ground and just couldn't secure it. That pass was thrown as time ran out for halftime.


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