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From rjones/Richard (706) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 11:55:52 AM CST

Hello, I have been asked to do individual/team photos for my daughter's basketball team. They have asked me to do something different than the typical kneeling pose and the standing pose with the ball on the knee. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Richard

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From ofofhy/Evan (10,605) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 12:08:39 PM CST

How about old school Bob Cousy style? The first one on the list is awesome.

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From rjones/Richard (706) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 6:34:50 PM CST

Thanks. I've always been a Celtic fan and I like the first one also.

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From mikishots/Scott (4,110) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 1:15:25 PM CST

The Bob Cousy style would be great, simple to do and not your run-of-the-mill image. I'd avoid the "standing pose with the ball on the knee" as that would look decidedly strange.

Is this the same shoot you were talking about last month?

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From rjones/Richard (706) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 6:36:00 PM CST

Thanks for your input. It was actually a couple of years ago. I did not get to do the photo shoot then due to sickness in the family.

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From robertwallis/Robert (15,512) This user is a Premium Member This user is an Administrator Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 2:35:44 PM CST

Check out the recent issue of College Basketball magazine, the one with a player from the Notre Dame men's and women's basketball team. They went back to the old style of flash photography to really outline the players.

The set up is like this; think of the player as being in the middle of a clock, and the camera is at Six o'clock. Place a flash at 10:00 and 2:00 O'clock. These flashes are set to give a stop more than the main flash. In the front at roughly 5:00 and 7:30 will be the main and fill (-1 stop) respectively. Have the player dribble the ball into the direction of the main light, and sort of cut into the direction of the main light.

Practice ahead of time to get it right, and use an slr as the lag time of a P&S is way too long. It's an old school look that is coming back because it shows the player in vivid detail quite literally highlighted.

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From rjones/Richard (706) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 6:36:59 PM CST

Those shots looks great, but unfortunately I do not have enough lighting equipment for that setup yet. Hopefully soon though. I guess I should have mentioned I would be using a Canon 40D with AB800. Thanks, Richard

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From robertwallis/Robert (15,512) This user is a Premium Member This user is an Administrator Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 9:16:58 PM CST

How many lights do you have available? If you have two, you could get the rear flash on a boom of some kind, and have it point in line to the camera, although aimed downward. That'll still get some of the effect, and just use the other flash on camera. The rear flash would need to be about a stop to stop and a half greater exposure.

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From mattsh/Matt (22,116) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 4:02:42 PM CST

It is a cliche, but if the kids can palm the ball, there is always the Dr. J style

I also like this Jason Kidd shot which might work for more kids.

If you have a nice wide angle lens, you can always play with perspective (or or here).

I like this for the team.

I don't know if the girls will go for it, but I do like this idea.

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From rjones/Richard (706) Send mail to this user on December 10, 2008 6:33:36 PM CST

Thanks for the ideas. Great job on all of your photos. Richard

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