Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Half Hollow Hills East

Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Half Hollow Hills East

First game of the winter sports season. This is a short season with lots of holidays mixed in so I’ll be shooting most days of the week, which also means less time for post-processing. That’s a problem since all winter sports are indoors in “less than ideal” lighting conditions so the images require lots of post-processing.

I thought for this season I would list the basic camera settings and strategy I use for each sport. Keep in mind that, if you’re not shooting at Commack, the exposure settings will probably be different.

For basketball at Commack I use two camera bodies - a Fuji XT-3 with a 16-55mm lens and a Fuji XT-2 with a 50-140mm lens. Why two bodies? We have a very short backcourt so the 50-140 would be too long to get shots under the near basket. Were it not for that I could use the 50-140 exclusively.

Camera settings for both cameras were ISO 8000, 1/640 sec. @f/2.8. Custom white balance taken with a gray card. Continuous, zone AF. Drive is on continuous shot mode.

I usually hang out in the backcourt of the basket our team is shooting at, close to the edge of the key. That (mostly) keeps me from getting run down by a player but still close enough to get plays under the basket. I’ll switch from side to side to keep out of the way of the lead ref when he/she switches sides. Sometimes I’ll go up in the stands for a period and position myself even with the hoop rim. That allows me to mix up the shots so things don’t get monotonous.

Images were post-processed in Capture One using the Fujifilm Pro Neg. Std color profile. Adjustments were mainly to exposure and contrast and to reduce highlights of overhead lights. No color adjustments needed.

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Commack High School Winter Concert I

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