A few weeks ago an email circulated in work looking for players for an upcoming basketball tournament. With my dodgey ankle I had no intention of playing but replied to the email stating I'd take photos of the event for them. I had never shot basketball before but always wanted to try it. I'd heard it was tricky due to lighting etc so asked around for a few tips and off I went.
I've been shooting sports for a while now and it goes without saying that the better the standard of players/participants then the better the action, generally meaning better action shots. Now I knew the standard at this tournament was going to be a mixture of good players and em..............not so good players, so my chances of getting a pic of a 360 degree dunk was pretty slim. I upped the ISO settings and began shooting. Being honest, I struggled a bit to get to grips with what was going on. Trying to get clean shots without various body parts of other players coming into shot was proving tricky. Slowly I got the hang of it though and was enjoying myself.
As the games wore on the players who were merely there to make up the numbers got tired and the ones who could actually play became more prominent in the games. This allowed me to concentrate on them so as to get semi-decent action shots. By the time the mini-tournament ended I felt I was only just getting to grips with shooting it. It's definitely a sport I intend to cover a bit more in the new year.