Successful Basketball Photography Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction 7
    • Basketball Photography 8
    • Challenges 8
      • You Don’t Get to Choose the Gym 8
      • You Don’t Get to Choose the Lighting 9
      • You Don’t Get to Choose the Moment 9
    • Rewards 9
    • Who are We? 9
      • ProPix Photography, LLC 10
      • Terance Ostrander 10
      • Scott Wells 10
    • What Sports Can We Help You With? 11
  • 2 Quick Start 12
    • Set the Mode 12
    • Set Your ISO 12
    • White Balance 13
    • Test Shots 13
    • Find a Good Location 14
    • Anticipate the Action 14
  • 3 The Right Equipment For the Job 15
    • What to Look For in a Camera 15
      • What Features Do I Need? 15
    • Lenses Needed for Basketball Photography 16
      • Lenses Can Be Expensive 16
    • 4 The Right Camera Settings 17
      • Full Automatic Mode 18
      • Programmed Mode 18
      • Shutter Speed 18
      • What to Expect When Using a Slow Shutter Speed 20
      • How to Use Shutter Priority 20
    • Aperture 21
    • ISO 23
    • ISO and Aperture Priority 24
    • White Balance 24
      • Auto White Balance (AWB) 25
      • White Balance 26
    • Lighting 26
      • Indoor Basketball Courts 26
    • Light Metering Modes 26
      • Average Metering/Evaluative 27
      • Spot Metering/Center Weighted 27
      • Center Weighted Average Metering 27
    • Focusing 27
      • Manual Focus 27
      • Auto Focus 28
      • Pre-Focus 28
    • Single and Continuous Mode 28
    • Quality 29
      • What Setting Should I Use? 29
    • File Formats 29
      • JPEG 29
  • 7 Composing Exciting Action Shots 30
    • Framing a Great Shot 30
    • Location, Location, Location (find photos to include here) 30
      • Right up Front 31
      • Not With the Spectators 31
      • In the Stands 31
      • Don’t Stay in One Place 31
    • How to Get the Good Spots 32
      • Tricks of the Trade 32
      • Press Pass 32
      • Trade for Access 32
      • Be Where You Can Capture the Face(show face and no face) 32
    • Anticipate the Action 33
      • Timing 34
      • Unplanned Moments 34
      • Obstacles 34
      • Vertical or Horizontal 35
      • Rule of Thirds 35
      • Angles 35
    • What Shots to Take 36
      • Single Athlete 36
      • The Whole Team 36
      • Preparation 37
      • Be Aware 37
      • Safe Shots 37
  • 8 Team Photos 38
    • Preparation 38
    • When 39
      • Before 39
      • After 39
      • Awards 40
      • Scheduled Time 40
      • Location and Lighting 41
      • Background 41
      • Lighting 41
    • Posing 42
      • Make Sure They See You 42
      • Capturing Smiles 42
      • You Need to Smile 43
    • Framing 43
      • Crop Close 43
      • Make It Fun and Fast 44
    • Additional Tips 45
      • Different Angles 45
      • Take Multiple Shots 45
      • Be Creative 45
      • Using a Tripod 45
      • Enlist an Assistant 46
  • 14 Conclusions 46
    • Practice 46
    • Have Fun 47
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