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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