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Thanks. It is all personal preference. Some people like thin crust. Some like deep dish. I just like the contrast, color and sharpness of direct but I can see some merits to bouncing that others bring up, it just isn't my preference. Some don't like shadows on the players but I think it makes the shot better. The shots bounced just look too FLAT to me.
I always shoot BB at 4.0 and my SS is always 250 for sync. What I do is I adjust my ISO until I have virtually no ambient light. THERE SHOULD BE VERY LITTLE TO NO AMBIENT. I do not use the gym lights for fill. I just take a few shots and there should be almost nothing recorded. I don't have it completely pitch black without the strobes but there is very little ambient. That is my correct exposure. From experience in my gyms I know that my ISO is going to be around 500. Then adjust my power on my strobes until everything is there. That tends to get me the best mix for my subject and the background.
I use 16' light stands because I think it is safer and less obtrusive for the fans. I put one Einstein in each corner of the baseline about 6' outside the line of play and I point my strobes towards center court. In warm ups I may move the direction of the light a little more towards one sideline vs the other if it is too hot under the basket but it is pretty much towards center court.
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