Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Sachem East and Kickline Halftime Performance
Another quick tip on adding a little variety to your basketball photos. Don't forget to bring a wide angle, or super-wide angle, lens along. They provide an overall shot of the players, crowd and venue and can help break up the monotony in your gallery. They're especially useful in catching important plays, such as game-winning shots, because they get not only all of the players, but the reaction of the crowd and/or bench depending upon your view. And they have the additional advantage of a wide depth of field so you can zone focus in manual mode and not have to worry about focusing for every shot. For this game I shot the third period with a 10-24mm super-wide. You can see how it covers almost the entire court plus all the bleachers along one side. Note that I don't usually use a super-wide for the halftime dancers; this will definitely capture all of them in one shot but it tends to produce a lot of barrel distortion at the edges and makes the dancers in the back row way too small. For the dancers I'll stick with a 24-70mm equivalent (16-55mm in my case) and take shots separately of the left, center and right sides.
Super-wides are also useful for getting a reality check on the color of light on various parts of the court. You can clearly see the wooden gym floor causing the orange reflection on the ceiling (it's painted the same white color as the walls) but, even more importantly, if you measure the white balance off various areas of the wall you'll see that the color temperatures are different. This sometimes helps with correcting your photos white balance in post.