Camera & Speed Light Settings for Basketball Photography

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Basketball photography is just one of many things that would be considered action photography. Learn about camera and speed light settings for basketball photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'm going to talk to you about camera and speed light settings for shooting basketball photography. Now what you're going to want to do is keep your ISO low enough to keep out the grain but at the same time, keep your shutter speed high enough to freeze the basketball player. Now this can be tricky because lighting and gems can be limited. Now this is where the speed light comes in. The speed light being a simple flash that plugs into your camera that goes off whenever you take your picture. Now what this is going to do, it's going to allow you to have a higher shutter speed and what a higher shutter speed is going to do, it's going to allow you to posterize that basketball player and what I mean by posterizing is, it's going to freeze him in time and it's going to give a real nice look without motion blur that's going to kind of take away from the photo's quality. Now if you can freeze your player in time when he's going up for that two handed slam or even the baseline leaner, you're going to be very satisfied with your shot. Now that is just some general tips for camera and speed light settings during basketball photography. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.


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