Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. William Floyd

Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. William Floyd

This was one of those rare games where the whole team got to play so I took advantage of the situation and actually got at least one decent photo of each team member on the floor. That's probably a first for me, at least for basketball, and is more a matter of luck than anything else.

There are a lot of factors that come into play when deciding to keep a shot or delete it. First and foremost is whether or not it's sharp; any out-of-focus shots get trashed.

Second is, can you clearly see the subject's face? Lot's of times a player will block her face with her arm when she takes a shot. This is more a question of which direction the player is facing relative to your camera. There are exceptions to the rule; there's one shot near the end in this gallery where you can only see one eye of a guard, which I kind of like.

Third, is the ball in the shot? Again, there are exceptions to this rule, especially when the player goes up for a shot and the lighting, background and facial expressions are really good . Another "ball" rule which newspaper and magazine editors are especially fond of is the "ball-on-hand" rule. If a player is dribbling down court they want to see the ball on the player's hand, not in mid-air or on the floor.

Finally, is this a 'bubble gum card" shot? This is a photo of a player dribbling or taking a shot with no other human beings in the shot. Once again, photo editors tend to frown on these types of photos simply because they could have been taken anywhere - at a practice, etc. There's no evidence, in that photo at least, that there was actually a game going on. Great for bubble gum cards but for newspapers, not so much. Parents, however, tend to like them so, if the player looks like she's competing, I tend to leave them in and just not forward them to the press.

So much for photo editing. Regular season is winding down. Senior nights for both girls and boys are next week with playoffs after that. Have fun.

Commack High School Varsity Cheerleaders - Competition at Smithtown West

Commack High School Varsity Cheerleaders - Competition at Smithtown West

Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Ward Melville

Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Ward Melville