Photographing College Basketball: Purdue vs. Michigan State

When The Stats Are Broken

Early in the game the stats were down so the stat boards in the corners just had the motion P on them. As I photographer I like how that looks in my photos much more. I need to find where that connection is so in the future I can unplug the stats. The board still likes to blow out a little, but with a simpler photo it just looks better.

Using The Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 For Basketball

In the first half of the game I used my Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens for all of my photography. I had a remote next to me at 24mm as a backup, but I wanted to just make photos at 85mm. I think that at times it worked well. I love out much more separation that I get at f/1.4. I don’t know if this is something that I would ever do if my photos were being counted on for anything though. You lose a little too much when sitting under the basket.

The Wide Remote On The Ground

The remote on the ground is a great backup when you may have a little too much lens in your hands. For the position right under the basket 85mm is a bit much. There is not much room for error using that. Having the remote next to me makes sure that I had a safe 24mm frame of every play. As the tournament draws closer this will be how I make photos at most of the tournament games that I am at. I have at least two chances with every play. If I can get a remote away from me that is even better.

More Fun With Panning

I have been having some fun panning. I am still using the trick with the custom button so that I can jump out of panning quickly, but I found that I was in it most of the time. At this point of the year I feel that I will just keep making the same photos over and over again if I sit under the hoop. By sitting off to the side and panning I could make 50 different photos out of the exact same play. The randomness of the pan really is cool, and is a way to stay creative this time of year.

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