A few nights ago I had an opportunity to not only shoot an NBA development league game, but have access to the custom strobe setup in the arena. These photos were my very first attempt at shooting strobed basketball.
Thanks to Fielding Cathcart (friend and Bighorns official photographer) for the invite and use of his “big boy” lights. Fielding has installed 2x White lighting 1600s on one side of the court and 2x interfit heads on the opposite side. All of the lights are up in the rafters, on the corners of the court arranged in a X lighting pattern, cross lighting the court. They are triggered by PocketWizards—on channel 1 for anyone who wants to leech off those heads….kidding, kidding (or am I?).
The lighting is beautiful and the flash duration is very short on the White lightings allowing for very nice frozen action. The one caveat of the setup is that the lights are running at or near full power and therefore require at least 2 seconds to recycle. With slow recycle times, timing is absolutely critical!
I hope to shoot more hoops with Fielding, in the meantime, be sure to check out his website
All Photos: Nikon D300, 1/250th, around f/3.5, lit by 2x White lighting 1600s.