Commack High School Varsity Field Hockey vs. Patchogue-Medford

Commack High School Varsity Field Hockey vs. Patchogue-Medford

Congratulations to Commack's field hockey team on their win over Pat-Med. I generally try to keep the sun at my back when photographing sports, especially on a clear day like this. Occasionally, though, you can get some interesting photos shooting into the sun. The thing you need to remember when doing this is that your subject is now in the shade (the sun is at their back) and you have two options for exposure - 1. Expose normally for the scene, that is, use the same exposure as you would if the sun were at your back. This will underexpose your subject but reduce the risk of blowing out highlights. 2. Add some positive exposure compensation to expose your subject correctly and blow out the highlights.

For the shots in this gallery near the end, I opted for the first alternative. Since I'm shooting raw images at a low ISO I have plenty of latitude to open up the shadows in post. The problem with option 2 is that, once the highlights are blown out, there's not much you can do to restore them. In the end, it comes down to personal preference. Each option produces a slightly different look.

Have fun.

Commack High School Varsity Football vs. Longwood

Commack High School Varsity Football vs. Longwood

Commack High School Boys Varsity Volleyball vs. Shoreham - Wading River

Commack High School Boys Varsity Volleyball vs. Shoreham - Wading River