© 2013 Graham Glover
Thank you very much for your guide, “Taking Basketball Photos – A Detailed
Guide”. I’m a photography student, working through the NYIP course on
Professional Photography. Also, by day I too am a programmer.
Next Friday I will be photographing my first basketball game as a school
assignment. It will be a high school varsity girls game. I did some searching
for what folks say works for photographing basketball. I saw your webpage on it
and then found your guide. It’s nice work and very helpful. Thank you for
When I wrote my first draft Taking Baseketball Photos, it was more of a ‘interesting thing to do’. It got lots of hits. Later, after an almost complete rewrite, making it a PDF, and placing it prominently on the web site, it continues to get lots of hits, especially between November and March. This is no surprise, as it is basketball season. At least a couple of times a month, I’ll get e-mails from people who said that they have read the guide, liked it, and are about to use the techniques within. I always ask them to share their photos, but I’ve never heard back … until today.
I received an e-mail from a gentleman named Graham, saying that he had found my guide and that he was going to shoot a basketball game as an assignment. Graham is taking a photography course through The New York Institute of Photography, NYIP – I remember taking this course some 30 years ago! Of course, I asked him to share his results after he photographed the game and, finally, someone did! He sent me a link to his Zenfolio gallery with those shots. I asked him permission to share a couple of shots as well as the link to his portfolio of shots and he kindly agreed.
It was a nice group of shots showing lots of key moments captured, most with the ball in frame, save for a couple where that was not the intention. I chose these two because they had elements that I really liked and talked about in my little e-book. The top one, I like the intensity of the shot, the view of the defender’s eye over the shoulder of the opponent. The other photo, to the right, I liked because it contained the shooter, the ball going through the hoop, and the teammate waiting for a rebound, just in case. Add to that the fact there is enough depth of field to see the faces of the crowd. It all works.
Graham, thanks for allowing me to share and for giving me feedback on my book. I appreciate it!