Commack High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. East Islip
Congratulations to the Commack boys lacrosse team on their win over East Islip in the first home game of the season.
In yesterday’s post on the girls lacrosse scrimmage I reviewed the settings I use to photograph lacrosse and most other field sports. For today’s post I thought I’d cover some tips for what to do when those settings don’t always work.
Commack’s home uniforms are white and if you have your frame filled with white uniforms I can guarantee you your camera’s auto-exposure will underexpose. The same thing happens when you get anything highly reflective in the background such as our metal bleachers. The solution to this problem is to map your exposure compensation function to your camera’s front or rear command dial so you can quickly and easily dial in positive exposure compensation.
The next challenge is varying ambient color temperature. This is especially evident on days where the sun is moving in and out. The light goes from warm to cool and back to warm. This is also an issue when you go from photographing players with the sun in their face to players with the sun at their backs. Shaded skin tones are significantly cooler than sunlit ones. The most apparent solution would be to set your camera’s white balance to Auto. This may or may not work well depending upon how much of the turf is in your shot. If your camera sees a lot of green in the frame it may overcompensate by adding magenta and giving the image a magenta color cast.
If this happens there’s not much you can do but fix it in post because there’s no quick way to manually change your camera’s white balance on the fly without missing a lot of shots. Sometimes the best way to do this is to find a photo with very little, but some, turf in it whose white balance is accurate and try to match that color of the turf in your other images using the white balance adjustments in your favorite image editor. I find that matching the turf color is more consistent than trying to estimate what skin tones should look like since there are so many variations in skin color. Once the turf colors are matched the skin tones usually fall into place. Just make sure you allow for the warm colors of the late afternoon sun; you don’t want all your photos looking exactly the same regardless of ambient color temperature. In general, the strategy is to slightly warm up the overly cool ones.
That’s it for today. Busy week coming up. Have fun.