My home town High School had a tournament a few weeks ago. They were State Champs & the coach was State "Coach of the Year". Now they're down to two returning players & it looks like a "building year".
So having played competitively (at a much lower level), & never having shot VB before, I thought I'd take a shot at it & pass on what I learned 'cause someone is always asking "How do I...".
The lighting was some sort of mercury vapor lamps, & my first recommendation is to shoot RAW & use Custom White Balance. See the links in post #3 for more info.
No noise reduction was used beyond the minimal default settings in RSP.
I used several lenses & ISOs for this to see what worked best. The 28-70 mm f/2.8 L, 70-200mm f/4 L, and my 50mm f/1.4 & 105mm f/2.5 Nikkors. Initial exposures were found using this: Need an exposure crutch?
First I shot a test with the 70-200mm f/4 L, the lens I most wanted to use because it seems to focus faster than the 28-70mm f/2.8 L, at ISO 3200 f/4 1/400 sec.
This is about a 60% crop. Post processing of this 4-up image & the others following was USM 100 0.8 1
#1 is as close to my exposure reading as I could get.
#2 is with the exposure (& noise) bumped up in RAW processing.
#3 is #2 with the WB corrected. I used the ball as my white.
#4 is #3 with some noise reduction with Noise Ninja on a setting of 13. Higher settings made her skin look unnatural, and second, processing would be needed with a Layer mask to combine good settings for her skin with more NR on the background. Still, it would be doable, & might make an OK 8 X 10" print.
Conclusion: The noise isn't near as bad as I thought it would be, even at a 60% crop. More accurate focusing on my part would help, too.
More on high ISO noise: ISO 200-6400 20D Tests
OK, so it's game time. These two shots were at ISO 1600 f/2.8 1/400 sec. 28-70mm f/2.8
Things happen very fast & I missed my focus point! Nothing seems focused in the 1st shot, & notice that the scoreboard is almost nicely focused in the 2nd shot?