During Thanksgiving Week, the MGM Grand Garden Arena hosted a college basketball tournament featuring Alabama, Brigham Young, St. Louis and Valparaiso. I received press credentials to shoot the whole tournament, but I was only able to go to the two BYU games (against St. Louis and Valparaiso). I learned a lot of tips to getting good shots.
All the photographers were set up on the baselines for good reason. Shooting along the baselines gives you the ability to shoot right under the hoop or out at the corner to get more angles of the court. Being up close to the benches also helps get the great reaction shots.
To shoot these games, I used two set ups. My primary systems was a Canon 5d Mark II with the 70-200 lens. The second system was my Fuji X-T1 with the 18-135 lens. The 70-200 was an awesome lens for shooting basketball and I saw many other photographers using the same. Lens. My biggest problem was that I never shoot Canon so there was some guess work involved with it. The Fuji was easier to use for me because I am familiar with it, but the lens (f/3.5-5.6) was way too slow, causing me to bump the ISO too high for that camera.
The other fun thing I did was mounting my Fuji on a Platypod and setting it up right under the hoop. I then used a remote to start a continuous shutter when action was under the hoop while I shot with the Canon.
Below are my favorite images shot with the Canon:
The rest of my favorite images came from the Fuji:
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