Commack High School Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Walt Whitman

Commack High School Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Walt Whitman

Great game between the Commack boys varsity team and Whitman. Lots of exciting plays and it ended in a 4-4 tie.

This was my first high school game of the season. I shot some football over the summer to keep from getting too rusty but it's nice to be back on the field.  This was a morning game and the weather was sunny, cloudless in fact. This made for some contrasty light and Commack's white uniforms didn't help the situation.

If you're dealing with bright uniforms in strong sunlight you run the risk of blowing out your highlights. You could try using your camera's spot meter but now you risk under exposing the whites. What works for me is taking some test shots of the players before the game and checking the highlights indicator in your viewfinder. These are sometimes called "blinkies" because the areas of blown out highlights blink on and off. Almost all cameras have this feature and you should turn it on in your camera if it's not on by default.

If you notice blinking highlights just lower your exposure until they're gone. If you're shooting JPEG's you need to lower the exposure enough so they're completely gone. If your shooting raw you can probably tolerate a small amount of blown out highlights because you can recover them in post. This varies from camera to camera so it's best to do some tests with your camera to see how much you can get away with.

Using this approach you'll still have to open up the shadows in post but this is much easier to do than trying to recover completely blown out highlights. If all this sounds like too much work, now you know why I like to shoot sports on cloudy days.

Have fun.

Commack High School Varsity Field Hockey vs. Centereach

Commack High School Varsity Field Hockey vs. Centereach

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