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#1 fotofill


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Posted 26 December 2018 - 07:41 AM

Recently there have been Christmas parades at night, tours of decorated homes etc. but I feel much more at home covering sports. My age and arthritis challenges me to sit on a hard floor at the end of a college court, so I almost always turn-down that assignment. Basketball has even lighting and it is in climate controlled environments. That makes me happy. Some advice for those shooting basketball would be:

      >Shutter speed at 1/640 or faster, When shooting under the goal, do at least EV +1, maybe more or the faces will be too dark.

      >Choose a different court position every quarter, this has made my photos look different than others shooters who just stay under the baskets. I shoot from behind benches and at midcourt. I like to stand at the corner of the the court that is on the right-handed shooter's open side or "left hand down" side.

       >Shoot to the spot where the action is moving into. Know the game, make an educated guess what action is about to happen.

      >Get safe shots early

          Coach speaking to team during a full timeout when players are seated

          A player shooting a free throw

          Players dribbling and directing others

     >Watch for floor battles like held balls, or traffic in the lane, that is where the best "faces" in photos occur.

     >Pass up the shooter shooting, focus on the net to get focus, then come down to get ready for the rebound photo.

     IMHO, Players attempting a jump shot is not a very interesting photo. 


These are some of my learned behaviors. I would be interested in getting feedback from sports shooters  as to what is in your head about technique in the sports that you shoot.


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Posted 26 December 2018 - 12:59 PM

Great advice Phil...and sample photos.

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 02:18 PM

Good advice and nice series.  Thanks, Phil!  :)


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Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:42 PM

It's not brain surgery. We all learn about things in life, sharing is a good thing. Thanks!

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 01:38 AM

Great advice and top quality photos.


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Posted 27 December 2018 - 06:40 AM

Good advice, Phil! Wow! Thanks.


I have been into motor sports more than team sports, per say, can't offer much other than your tips are excellent.


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 09:36 AM

Some great shots. And expressions.

Thanks, Dennis.

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