Congratulations to the Commack girls volleyball team in an exciting win over Sachem East.
High School volleyball is one of the most difficult sports to photograph. The light is usually bad and the game is extremely fast. You have to react quickly and you have to use a camera and lens combo that reacts quickly. Add to that the fact that you may have a limited number of spots to shoot from and it makes for a tough evening. And that’s just the beginning. If you have brightly colored walls like Commack you’ll also have some significant color correction to do.
I’ve described a strategy for photographing volleyball in some previous posts so if you’re interested you can just click the hamburger icon and search for volleyball posts.
To deal with the color cast I use the color editor in Capture One to remove excessive yellow, caused by the walls and floor, from the skin tones. I’ll also darken the bright blue wall pads so they’re not so distracting. Finally, I’ll add a small amount of sharpening and a hefty dose of noise reduction because I’m using a very high ISO.
Camera and lens - Fujifilm X-T3 with 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom.
Exposure - ISO 10,000 (yup), 1/800 sec. @ f/2.8
Post processing - Capture One Pro 12
That’s about it. Next up - boys cross country.