I decided to experiment and do two shoots. The first was a middle school basketball game and I practiced shooting indoors. I realize you must really be on your toes when you shoot sporting events, especially basketball when you are close to the action. I think there were plenty of times that I was in close encounter with the basketball or a player. It was interesting to pay attention to the fans, coaches and referees as well and capture some of their facial expressions during the game. I find it exciting shooting sports and learned how to watch the game without looking through my viewfinder. I realized that at middle school games it can be difficult to obtain rosters of the teams. One of the coaches had simply wrote down the players numbers without the names. I know that in shooting sporting events it is always mandatory to gather the team rosters.
The second sports photo assignment was the Wayne State University Women’s softball team. The day I went to the doubleheader was a beautiful sunny day so I was thankful the lighting would be good for shooting. The WSU Warriors team played the Grand Valley Lakers. I learned that baseball/softball games can be tricky to shoot if you are not on the field due to various obstacles, namely fences. I did find a way to shoot in between the fence while talking to some players warming up. I was informed by one of a good spot to get action shots which is how I was able to capture most of my batting/pitching photos. I learned a lot and namely how tricky it can be shooting sports action.