BBall Shooting



Attend one complete boys or girls varsity basketball game.

When shooting take multiple lenses with you like:

  • Canon 70 – 200 f/2.8
  • Tamron 24 – 75 f/2.8
  • Canon 8 – 11 f/2 fisheye lens or Takina 11 -16 wide angle

Using the standard 18-200 f/3.5 or 18-135 f/3.5 you want have enough light coming into the camera.

Take your choice of lens and set up one end of the court. During each quarter shoot four minutes on each end of the court. That way you get both defense and offense of all players. Between each quarter changes lenses, this way you get different types of looks.

Shoot each quarter with different lenses. During the 4th quarter shoot with the lens you liked the best.



Shooting with each lens this is where you need to sit or stand:


Canon 70-200 — Sit on the floor nearest the last mat on the wall in one of the corners of the gym. When changing ends go to the corner diagonal to where you are sitting. ISO probably 4000 – 5000, shutter speed no lower than 300.

For a different view go the the balcony or top row of the bleachers to shoot the game.



Tamron 24-75 — Stand at the corner of the basketball court where you are in line with the basketball backboard. Shoot both vertical and horizontal. Only shoot when the players are within your half end of the court. Don’t shoot at the opposite basket, your shots will be awful.


Canon 8-11 fisheye or Takina 11-16 wide angle — Sit directly under the goal. Shoot only when the players crash the backboard, chasing a ball coming your way, or line up for free throw. ISO 3000 – 5000 and shutter speed not slower than 300.

When done Ruthlessly Edit (delete) your images down to your top 100 images.



Find and edit your best 15 images (you’ll find it’s easy to get 15 images if you shot the entire time of the game).

Post your best to a blog post on your blog by January 21st.

Also post up your other 50 best images to a Pixiset.

On your post discuss the following questions:

  • Lighting issues.
  • Speed issues. Of the game and of the camera.
  • What the process of shooting indoors vs. football/soccer.
  • When you checked and got your first good image.
  • Total number you actually shot and total that were actually really worth keeping.
  • What you could have done differently for an image or event.
  • Lenses used? Which was your favorite.
  • The camera settings. Light, ISO, shutter, etc.
  • The amount of time editing. Time taken on site to edit images.
  • Spray and pray. Or waiting to shoot.

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