Adventures in College Basketball Photography
As you might have heard (a dozen or so times by now) I’m currently working as a photographer for the O’Colly, OSU’s newspaper. So far this semester I’ve gotten to shoot all kinds of fun and interesting stuff, but I think basketball has got to be my favorite so far. I get to use nice fancy equipment, sit on the floor up-close-and-personal, and I didn’t need to pay for basketball tickets this year! Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me. And basketball is without-a-doubt my favorite sport to watch live. There’s just so much back-and-forth to basketball games, you’re not just sitting around waiting for someone to score like football or soccer. Plus the fans are get so involved when they’re in an enclosed arena, the volume and intensity is crazy. Though it is hard to keep track of exactly what’s happening in the game while you’re shooting it. You get so caught up in trying to shoot around the refs at the perfect second and half the time I wasn’t even aware of what the score was.
Below I’ve posted a more in-depth summary of my experience, as well as some of my favorite shots from the game. Enjoy!
I got to the arena at about 6:45, and the game was set to start at 7. I went in through the “media entrance,” which is basically a table right next to the regular entrance, where I signed in and got a wrist band that let me into the game and onto the floor. Unfortunately, I didn’t know exactly where I was supposed to be, other than kneeling in a little painted box on the floor somewhere under the basket. So I kind of wandered around trying to look like I knew what I was doing until I finally spotted another photographer and found where I was supposed to be.
By that time there were about 10 minutes left before the game began, so I used that time to take some test shots and fool around with the equipment I’d checked out for the game. The camera was a Nikon, and I typically shoot Canon, so figuring out where all the buttons had moved around to took some getting used to. Luckily I managed to locate the most important features pretty quickly, so I get everything adjusted how I liked it.
Then the game started and flew by. Half the time I didn’t even know what the score was, because I was so focused on trying to get shots around the stupid referees who seem to have a spider-sense of the exact second to step right in front of what would have been a perfect photo. Halftime gave me a chance to go through and delete the (literally) hundreds of out of focus images and keep the decent ones. Then the game started again and I got sucked right back in. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but once I got used to how quickly I needed to be able to shoot, things got much easier. Below are some of my favorite shots.