George Mason vs George Washington Women’s Basketball

Jenni recently graduated from high school and is looking to improve on the sports photography skills she learned while in school. She wanted to play with alternative angles, so she grabbed a 300mm lens and headed up the the concourse level to shoot. It’s a great vantage point for basketball and she made the most of her opportunity.

She had a blast shooting the game and is interested in covering more games with DC Sports Photography Academy.

George Mason vs George Washington Women’s Basketball

Bill decided to take a long break between games but his photos show that he didn’t miss a beat. It’s a great mixture of loose and tight shots for both teams.

I hope had a great time with DC Sports Photography Academy and I’d love to see him out on the sidelines again sometime soon.

Georgetown vs Marquette Women’s Basketball

Feeling a bit more comfortable with the speed of college basketball games, Charles’ next game had him take on the role of the team photographer for the Marquette Golden Eagles. He seems to have gotten a better idea of what to shoot with only having to deal with one team. By only having to deal with five players instead of ten, he was able to pick out some details that he missed on his first outing.

Georgetown vs DePaul Women’s Basketball

As with most photographers that try to move to sports from other photographic genres, they realize that it’s a different beast than what they are used to. Charles is an experienced photographer, so we were able to skip the camera set up lessons and the basics of settings and move right into covering the game.

The biggest stumbling block we encountered was proper focus. It takes a lot of practice to be able to get consistently sharp focus shot after shot and it was immediately clear that Charles needed some work. Stationary people were no problem, but once they got moving, sharp focus was harder to achieve. Better results will come from more practice.

With two more games to practice with, let’s see if we can sort out the focus issues and make bigger strides in capturing great basketball photos.

George Mason vs St. Joseph’s Women’s Basketball

Bill’s second game showed a huge improvement over his first outing and it shows in his photos. As he got more comfortable with the speed of the game and his camera skills improved, his photos started to look better and better.

Most photographers will start to see more details during the game as their experience grows and most say the game tends to slow down making it easier to photograph the action.

With one more game left, let’s see if Bill can pull it all together to make a truly great gallery.

George Mason vs Duquesne Women’s Basketball

With a daughter that plays youth basketball, Bill wanted to improve his skills so he could take better photos at her games. College women’s basketball is the perfect way to enhance his skills since the game is much faster than what he would encounter at a girl’s game.

As with most new photographers, getting proper focus is difficult at first. The depth of field on a full frame camera combined with a large aperture and high shutter speed makes for a very steep learning curve. Throw in athletes playing at a high pace and it makes things even worse.

Once Bill got accustomed to the focus and speed of the game, he was able to settle down and make some great images.