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Sports Photography... it's all about LIGHT ;)

 
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Feb 26, 2006 10:36 |  #1

Well.. OK... perhaps there are other important factors too :) but light certainly plays a major role in how the final image turns out.

There are a fair few discussions in this forum about the weather and how to deal with the associated lighting... so here are some examples and a few random thoughts from this weekend. I seem to have experienced everything from blazing sunshine to heavily overcast skies.

1. Now this is easy. Cloudy conditions. Diffused lighting... no shadows. Perhaps my favourite conditions to shoot in - purely because life becomes sooooo easy...

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2. Full-on front-lighting. Not my favourite way of shooting in all honesty. Yep, it can provide nice, colourful images... but even working with a limited DoF, it dosn't always provide the isolation that the subject matter needs. Next time someone tells you to shoot with sun directly behind you, don't always take their advice ;) ...

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3. Side-lighting. Can be harsh. Very tricky to control the shadow details at times...but, at the same time, it can give the subject matter a more three-dimensional feel...

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4. Shooting straight into the sun. The exposure needs to be spot-on... but this method provides some nice rim-ligthing and a satisfying puff of backlit mud and grass...

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5. Low, warm, early evening sun. Jubbly. One of those rare times that having the sun behind you works quite well. The action can sometimes pop up in a bright patch between shadow areas...

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6. ...and this type of light can also breathe some additional life into an otherwise dull crowd scene...

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7. Ahhh... some more back-lighting. Maximising that puff of dust again...

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8. Side-lighting again. Difficult to nail the exposure, sacrificing some background detail may well be part of the compromise...

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9. Into the sun again. My favourite way of shooting. This technique can also turn a cluttered background (in this case a car park) into something mildly surreal...

http://www.tgsphoto.co​.uk/forum_images/light​007.jpg (external link)

Hope that's of interest! Feel free to throw any other ideas/comments or to post any of your own examples of how light works for (or against) you! ;)

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Feb 26, 2006 10:40 |  #2

Nice demonstration and samples gmen. You left out lowlight pitch black stadium lighting were you can't use flash though! ;) :p


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Feb 26, 2006 10:42 as a reply to  @ cdifoto's post |  #3

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Nice demonstration and samples gmen. You left out lowlight pitch black stadium lighting were you can't use flash though! ;) :p

:lol: I was coming on to that... but felt that I needed a couple of large beers first ;)

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Feb 26, 2006 10:43 |  #4

found this quite helpful to look at Gavin
just wish I had your ability to nail the exposures that good
especially on the backlit pics


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Feb 26, 2006 11:14 as a reply to  @ saggy9999's post |  #5

Excellent info and examples, Gavin -- thanks for the post! For what it's worth, I've found a solution for poor light at late afternoon/early evening baseball games. If I get three or so innings of good stuff and it becomes too dark to shoot at ISO 1600 after the ballpark lights come on, I pack my gear, get myself a beer and watch the rest of the game ;) .


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Feb 26, 2006 11:18 as a reply to  @ fslshooter's post |  #6

fslshooter wrote:
Excellent info and examples, Gavin -- thanks for the post! For what it's worth, I've found a solution for poor light at late afternoon/early evening baseball games. If I get three or so innings of good stuff and it becomes too dark to shoot at ISO 1600 after the ballpark lights come on, I pack my gear, get myself a beer and watch the rest of the game ;) .

:lol: Wish I coulda done that. The school starts games at night and all I had at the time was Bigma. :rolleyes: Got the 70-200 f/2.8 (albeit short) but don't even shoot that stuff anymore. Go figure. :cry:


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Feb 26, 2006 11:48 |  #7

Figuring out how light affects an image was a major breakthrough for me when I started out. As soon as I realized how much a part of photography light is, my images went through a dramatic change. Great job on this set. Looks like you are mastering how to use light to your images advantage. Personally, I prefer full sun coming from my back or my side. Different photographers will have a favorite lighting position.


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Thanks for the examples, Gavin. I'm was especially interested in the ones where you shot into the sun, as that's usually my perspective during baseball season.

I can't wait until next football season. Not only did I get a faster prime to use from the sidelines, but I also just purchased a 580EX. I'm hoping that will resolve some of the difficulties I've experienced.



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Feb 26, 2006 13:19 |  #9

Liza, what new lens did you get and what is the 580EX?


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Feb 26, 2006 13:37 |  #10

Thanks so much Gavin for the examples and tips, in another two weeks id be on here asking just this type of question, now i am ahead of the game...i should have my 70-200 f/4 in time for the start of my sons baseball season, and just in time for my first NASCAR race of the year....whoo hoo!


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superdiver wrote:
Liza, what new lens did you get and what is the 580EX?

I got the 200 f/2.8L and a 1.4x teleconverter. The 580EX is a flash.



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Feb 26, 2006 15:48 as a reply to  @ liza's post |  #12

liza wrote:
I got the 200 f/2.8L and a 1.4x teleconverter. The 580EX is a flash.

Noo the 580EX isn't a flash...it's THE flash! :p


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Feb 26, 2006 19:33 |  #13

Is it one you mount on your camera, or is it a stand alone?


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Feb 26, 2006 19:38 as a reply to  @ superdiver's post |  #14

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Is it one you mount on your camera, or is it a stand alone?

It's a camera mounted flash that can be used as a standalone via wireless E-TTL and a transmitter, another Canon flash capable of being a master, or an off-camera shoe cord.


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It's a shoe mount flash.



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