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03/28/2009 12:09:50 PM · #1
Today we were offered the opportunity to photograph a basketball game featuring the Cincinnati Bengals vs our local teachers.
I haven't shot in a basketball court before. I'll be bringing my D200, SB600, and a tripod. Anyone have some tips for me?
Thanks!!
03/28/2009 12:19:35 PM · #2
The tripod is probably not a good idea for basketball. It's gonna be in your way and limit your mobility with the camera.
03/28/2009 12:25:31 PM · #3
she could possibly use the tripod like a monopod. i hear what you're saying though.

it also might be possible to set the sb600 ON the tripod - if she's got a means to remotely trigger it effectively.


03/28/2009 12:32:58 PM · #4
Yup, got a monopod. My finace will be shooting too, so we figured I'd be stationed at one hoop and him at the other.
03/28/2009 03:36:42 PM · #5
OMG, I'd be pretty scared if I were one of those teachers! :-O

Sounds like fun!
03/28/2009 05:32:18 PM · #6
LOL Never know with those Bengals... Let's just hope no one gets arrested :)
03/28/2009 05:39:00 PM · #7
Bengals football team playing basketball? Or is that a university?
03/28/2009 05:40:15 PM · #8
It's the football team... Should be a sight to see!
03/28/2009 05:54:34 PM · #9
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

OMG, I'd be pretty scared if I were one of those teachers! :-O

Sounds like fun!

Taking a charge from a 280-pound point guard does not sound like fun ... ;-)
03/28/2009 08:07:23 PM · #10
Originally posted by CassieDoodle:

Yup, got a monopod. My finace will be shooting too, so we figured I'd be stationed at one hoop and him at the other.


Ditch the monopod :)
03/28/2009 09:07:49 PM · #11
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

Originally posted by CassieDoodle:

Yup, got a monopod. My finace will be shooting too, so we figured I'd be stationed at one hoop and him at the other.


Ditch the monopod :)


they are actally very helpful for the first few times shooting. i outgrew mine once my arms got strong enough to hoist my 70-200 with the extender on it. but for first-timers its a big help
03/28/2009 10:46:39 PM · #12
you won't need any form of support shooting sports. You're shutter speed should be so that the action will be frozen, if you need a monopod, you're not doing it right.

You're gonna need to be in AF servo mode, or the Nikon equivalent, an ISO/aperture combo to be at about 1/250 (at least) meaning you might have to be at ISO 1600 and f/1.8 in some situations. Basketball stadiums and arenas are better lit than the wrestling shows and sports I've done so you might get away with F/4 or ISO 800 but whatever, you'll need a fast shutter speed regardless of the surroundings.

I also wouldn't bother with the flash, unless you can set it up away from the action. This is because it'll distract the athletes and mess up their game. I've been in plenty of sports events where there's some newbie at the front blinding everybody with his flash and getting in everybody's way and messing up the performer's concentration.

Funnily enough, I only see them at 1 event.

Just have fun, don't use the flash and use it as an opportunity to work on your timing.
10/31/2020 07:06:34 AM · #13
I also want to know about basketballs and trampolines if anyone knows about basketball training please feel free to contact me

Message edited by author 2020-10-31 07:08:23.
10/31/2020 11:28:16 AM · #14
If you are anticipating a specific shot like for instance a player dunking the ball, Pre-focus on the front of the rim, use the multiple exposure setting, start shooting as the player is going up for the shot. You will probably have 1 or 2 good captures. Another example would be a jump ball.
11/01/2020 01:32:26 AM · #15
from the days photographing my grand daughter is to stay close to the hoops let the game come to you

Message edited by author 2020-11-01 01:35:48.
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