Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Sachem East - Quarterfinals
Congratulations to the Commack girls basketball team on their Suffolk AA quarterfinals win over Sachem East.
I've gotten a few questions about photographing indoor sports when your camera doesn't produce acceptable photos at very high ISO's. I mentioned in the past that I'm shooting these basketball games at ISO 8000 in order to get a shutter speed of 1/800 sec. at f/2.8 in our gym. That's nice, but what if your camera produces very noisy photos at ISO 8000? Well, you have a number of options.
First, you can run your photos through noise reduction software. Photo editing applications like Lightroom, Photoshop, Lumenzia and Affinity all have noise reduction features built in. There are also a number of companies that make noise reduction plugins for those programs that add even more features and options.
Second, you could buy, rent or borrow a faster lens. By faster I mean with a wider aperture than f/2.8. 50mm lenses typically come in models with apertures of f/1.8 and f/1.4. Shooting at these wide apertures will allow more light in so you can lower your ISO setting. The downside of this is that your depth of field will be reduced so your autofocus will need to be spot-on and, with a 50mm you'll need to be fairly close to the action.
Finally, you can shoot at slower shutter speed, which will allow you to lower your ISO. You may lose some photos due to motion blur but if your adept at panning you'll still get some nice shots.
Just to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak, I shot this gallery of photos at a shutter speed of 1/500 sec. which allowed me to reduce my ISO from 8000 to 5000. Lower ISO's not only produce less noise but the colors and contrast are better. Yes, you'll lose a few to motion blur but not as many as you think.