As many of you know the NCAA March Madness tournament begins March 19. Now I don’t usually follow college or professional basketball. To be honest the only thing March Madness has meant to me in the past was that normal Channel 3 shows were going to be interrupted! However, this year I am actually looking forward to March Madness. Yes, Dish Network has assisted with this since I can now find The Young & The Restless on the Soap Opera channel… but more importantly would be my enjoyment in photographing the sport!
In the past, my favorite sport to photograph has always been whichever sport my teens were participating in at the time. They are grown now with my daughter graduating high school this year and as a result I have noticed a shift in the way I go about photographing sports. Instead of just focusing on my teens and their team… I am striving to capture the whole game showing the dedication and determination that all athletes bring to the competition and their team. While I enjoy photographing all sports, basketball has become one of my favorite to photograph. You can literally test all of your photographic skills while photographing a basketball game.
From capturing the action of a fast breakaway to freezing the ball in midair or a player jumping for a jump shot… to the contemporary portrait shots of a player concentrating on that all important free throw. To capture the facial expressions of a player while waiting for a rebound or a pass… to the physical contact on the floor with blocks and picks… nothing is better than that up close action right under the basket. There is a play on focal points and depth of field with capturing the spectators in the stands, the team on the bench and the lectures of the coach during a time out.
Ultimately, I have seriously enjoyed this past basketball season! Not only have I photographed 7-12 grades in the Big Eight Conference in Southern Michigan but I also followed the Athens Lady Indians to their Regional Victory and second trip to the Breslin Center at MSU for the Class D Semi Final State Championship Game. What an experience! These young ladies played an awesome game and I was extremely proud to be a photographer down on the floor while they played.
Spring brings a whole new round of sports. I have already lined up several Athlete & Team Portrait Photo Shoots along with athletic events. If your school needs a photographer, give me a call at (517) 767-3013 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see more of my work on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyByChar.
In the meantime, I will be watching the NCAA March Madness tournament to see different aspects of the game that I can look for next year!