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My first attempt at Basketball pictures

 
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Jan 08, 2016 23:18 |  #1

Here are a few pictures I took. I did learn that if I want to do more of this I will need a camera with a high ISO quality. thanks for looking and any feed back to get better would be greatly accepted.

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Jan 08, 2016 23:34 |  #2

They are underexposed and honestly you need to isolate some action. These are just wide shots of a gym full of people.




  
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Jan 08, 2016 23:51 |  #3

Crop in and isolate something. (Ball leaving hand, ball getting blocked, wrestling on floor, etc.) Go in tight, also use that histogram, push it up in post. ISO aside, you can do a lot in post. (Hint, shoot RAW!)

The last thing I'd say, heavy straight lines help. I find the most prominent straight line when I'm cropping in tight and line the image up so that the heaviest line in image is straight. Trust me, it matters! I do it with my football, wrestling, etc. The eye can tell to within less than 0.1 degree. It's a nitpicky thing, but it will take your sports shots to the next level if you're serious about it.

Hope this helps!

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Jan 08, 2016 23:53 |  #4

I hope you don't mind my posting. Here is an example of both straight lines, correct exposure and cropping to isolate the action.



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Jan 09, 2016 13:09 |  #5

What lens were you using? From where you are shooting from you will want to use a 70-200. If you are losing a lens like 24-70, you will want to be under the basket. Not enough reach from where you are shooting. The key to shooting basketball is to get the shutter speed to at least 1/640. In the gym you are in, it looks like you will have to crank up the ISO, since you are already shooting at F/2.8. Unfortunately with the intro DSLR's this will mean more grain The only way around that is to invest in some strobes. You will want to isolate players like members said above. Cropping is also a tool. I crop 95% of my photos to get the look I want. I have attached a few examples I shot the other night.


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Jan 09, 2016 15:25 |  #6

thanks for the info this should help with getting better




  
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Jan 09, 2016 19:31 |  #7

HS Basketball is not easy. I've been doing it for years and have learned a lot. Here are some things to consider:

1. Location, location, location - You cannot get good pic from the stands. Gotta be align the baseline, under the bucket.
2. Faces - A good pic must have the player's face in it.
3. Ball - A good pic has the ball in the frame.
4. Crop tight - For the most part, the tighter the better. Yes, you can get some great wide angle images, but for the most part you want to zero in on the couple of players involved in the play.
5. Focus & Freeze - Must be in focus, must freeze the action. Fast shutter speeds and high ISO are the norm.

OK, now go shoot some more and report back! :-)


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Jan 09, 2016 20:07 |  #8

n1as wrote in post #17851657 (external link)
1. Location, location, location - You cannot get good pic from the stands. Gotta be align the baseline, under the bucket.

If I've learned anything, there are no absolute rules in photography. Yes, being under the basket and along the baseline is a great location, but I shift to the stands most every game to get a different perspective and to clean up the background. Not my photos, but to give an idea:

https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=17806315&i=​i163899757 and the following image

https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=17284824 first several photos


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Jan 09, 2016 20:11 |  #9

Some good stuff in this thread! Basketball is the most challenging sport that I shoot every year. It's fun, but by far the most challenging. Just keep shooting, it will get better and easier with time, but it takes just that, time! Good luck and keep sharing with us! :)


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Jan 09, 2016 22:02 as a reply to  @ askydiver's post |  #10

Volleyball I think is the toughest. I've think I've learned how to shoot baaketball pretty good.




  
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Jan 09, 2016 22:17 |  #11

Czbrat271 wrote in post #17851823 (external link)
Volleyball I think is the toughest. I've think I've learned how to shoot baaketball pretty good.

I've only shot one Volleyball game, so I did/do not have enough experience to comment but thinking back on it, I think you're right, I'd put it right up there with difficult indoor sports shooting!


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Jan 09, 2016 22:42 |  #12

I'll take basketball and volleyball any day over gymnastics or diving. The problem with both of these sports, in addition to sharing challenging lighting and quick movement, is the viewers are so conscious of proper form and so few attain it at the level I shoot (high school). It's a constant struggle to find an angle and moment that flatters the athlete while they are in action.


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Jan 10, 2016 07:44 as a reply to  @ pat.kane's post |  #13

I can only imagine! That would be tough.


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