Commack High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Copiague

Commack High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Copiague

Congratulations to the Commack girls varsity lacrosse team on their win over Copiague. As you can see from the photos the sun was extremely bright and fairly low in the sky for this game. When photographing in light like this you need to make some decisions. You may not be able to make every exposure with the sun at your back light the photo on the left. First, do you need to shoot into the sun? Your camera can only reproduce a subset of the exposure values that your eyes can see so you're going to have to decide whether you want the player properly exposed and the background blown out or the background properly exposed and the player shaded. You won't get both. Also, the fact that the player is facing the shade means that the color of their skin will be cooler than the background. So, do you warm the white balance for proper skin tones and an overly warm background or do you keep the overall white balance with the cool skin tones. Yes, you could create a selection for the player in Photoshop and just warm that but with over 60 photos and a deadline do you really have time to do that for each photo? I think not.

So what are the answers? Basically, it's up to you to achieve the look you want. There are no exposure and white balance police that will break down your door in the middle of the night if you go for one look over the other. The important thing is to recognize the type of light you're dealing with before you start shooting and make your camera adjustments accordingly, especially the exposure settings. You can always adjust white balance in post but rescuing blown out highlights may not be as easy.

Have fun.

Commack High School Varsity Baseball vs. Walt Whitman

Commack High School Varsity Baseball vs. Walt Whitman

Commack High School Boys Varsity Track vs. Sachem North

Commack High School Boys Varsity Track vs. Sachem North