Commack High School Varsity Football vs. Brentwood

Commack High School Varsity Football vs. Brentwood

This was my second game of the day; photographed the boys soccer game in the morning, which I still need to post-process. The football shots came first due to a newspaper deadline.

For some reason there are a lot of backlighted photos in this gallery. Some games are like that; the action. seems to go in one direction regardless of the teams switching sides.

Hard backlighting requires some additional post-processing. You definitely need to open up the shadows and reduce the highlights while maintaining the contrast. You also need to decide what to do about the skin tones because, being on the shade side of the photo, they’ll look a bit cool. You could leave them that way, which accurately depicts the ambient light, or you could warm them up a bit by either using your white balance control to warm the whole photo, or masking the skin and just warming those areas.

There’s no right or wrong method and, often it depends on how much time you have to get them done.

Shooting tennis this afternoon if the weather holds. Have fun.

Commack High School Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Smithtown East

Commack High School Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Smithtown East

Commack High School Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Patchogue-Medford

Commack High School Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Patchogue-Medford