Well Saturday 29th September was the first game of the season for the local CB San Pedro basketball team. My son plays for the Mini 2008 (Rojo) team, despite him been a 2009 player he is a giant and pretty good, hopefully when he’s a star he’ll treat his dad to the best camera equipment!
From a photographers perspective the conditions for shooting the games were terrible, a really badly lit sports hall.
My setting for basketball are normally to use manual mode. In bad lighting like this I shoot between f2.8 and f3.2 trying to keep a shutter speed of 1/400 and using auto ISO. Auto ISO I hear you screaming! Yes, if our sports halls were enclosed without windows and the light was consistent from one end to the other I would prefer to fix the ISO, but due to windows and doors and changes in light and reflections its impossible to change ISO on the fly, so that is why I use auto.
This place was the worst I have shot in to date, even with the settings above, ISO was going up to 5000 with an average of about 3200. Not ideal, so I was underexposing slightly to try and reduce grain and then brought it back in Lightroom, for the first time for basketball, I shot in RAW.
Still learning all the time, but mainly its now down to technique, I feel I have settings nailed and know what to do to compensate for various situations. I am guilty of processing and displaying nearly all images I take, one day I will start to filter out only the best, but for web use parents are happy with everything and I try to make sure I get everyones kid included!
Enjoy & shoot more…
(Main image shot using Nikon D7200 and Sigma 50-100 f2.8, EXIF 1/400 at f2.8 – 68mm, ISO 4000)