LUL - BnG Classic 2009

Here is a quick update post for those reading this blog. The much-awaited images from this past weekend's basketball tournament are finally ready to be seen and enjoyed.

One of the main challenges of shooting a live sporting event of this magnitude is location. At any given moment during this tournament, there were three full-court games being played. Due to my inability to clone myself, I could only shoot at one of the three courts at a time. That is the first challenge to consider. The second challenge that needs to be considered is physical location on the court. I dealt with the second location challenge by just picking one spot and shooting from there. After a few minutes, I was able to better gauge where the action would happen on the next play, and accordingly place myself where I would best be able to capture the moment. This process is very dynamic and one must be flexible in order to get the most out of every action in the game. Of course, one must move over to the next court and repeat the second location process. One little trick that helped me to decide which court to shoot first, second or third was to take a mental count of how many people were watching the game from the sidelines, the bigger and louder the crowd meant a more exciting game... possibly.

I hope you enjoy the images I have made and that this post into the photographer's mind has been insightful.




Brown and Gold Classic

This past Saturday, I was privileged with the opportunity to photograph an all day long basketball tournament. The 2009 annual Brown and Gold Classic was hosted by La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity. Allow me to introduce you to the competing teams in the following slideshow:

Congratulations Upsilon Chapter on your victory!

... Stay tuned for the money shots



The other small button.


I have been away from this blog for a few weeks. If you have visited this site, you have at least been able to read my twitter feed, which is updated a bit more regularly. Today I would like to offer a photography taking (or making) tip when shooting with an (digital) SLR. Most, if any at all, point-and-shoot cameras will not have the necessary feature for the following tip, but it will give you something to consider next time you are about to release the shutter.

Most people are familiar and comfortable with the focus and recompose technique that is often used when your camera's auto-focus is not quite focusing on the subject you would like. That is when you hold the shutter release button halfway down to focus and then recompose your shot, then press the shutter release all the way down. For most, this is an automatic and instinctual way to shoot.

Now that we have focus out of the way, we need to consider exposure. In particular, if you listen to the experts, they all say to either expose for or protect the highlights. For an image to be more appealing, we do not want areas of an image that have blown-out white areas that have zero detail. I actually believe it might even hurt your eyes if you stare too long at an image that is poorly exposed. I am slightly exaggerating here... but you get the idea.

The way I found to give the best results is as follows:
1 - Set shooting mode to Aperture priority (for control of depth of field).
2 - Set exposure metering mode to spot or center-weighted.
3 - Point camera to the brightest point of your desired composition.
4 - Hold down the Exposure Lock button.
5 - Recompose, focus, and release the shutter (while holding down the Exposure Lock button).
This should create a more pleasing image for everyone's enjoyment. If there is a foreground object that might be a little underexposed, a little fill light should do the trick using either a fill flash or some type of reflector or bounce card.

Hope this has been useful.

*(I shoot with a Nikon D200; other makes and models might or might not have this function. Refer to your camera's manual if in doubt of its location or the existence of this button.)