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| p.1 #7 · Strobed HS Basketball with New D4 Settings |
Strobes can take a little experimenting with to get things right. You have to look at the angle of your light, where you mount the strobes, the power of the strobes etc. I shoot direct because I think it adds depth to the players. Bounced looks flat to me. To me, direct has more color and contrast. The key on the strobes is to be about 3 stops less than ambient. To make the process easy, just set up your SS at 1/250, set your ISO to a starting point of about 400 and your f/4.0. Just take some test shots without your flash and just using ambient. You should have virtually no ambient. You don't want it pitch black but you want it with very little ambient light. Then have your strobes go off and see if you get the lighting that you want. If the flash is too strong, dial it down a bit. Your Einsteins are designed that the lower the power, the shorter the flash duration. The shorter duration, the better ability to freeze the action. I generally have my strobes at 1/6 power but you will need to play with it to get the right settings for your gym.
You don't want the strobes to be too strong to cause problems for the players. I point my strobes from the corner and aim towards center court.
There are many others in this forum that are much more accomplished than I am and I am sure they will have some good advice for you. Drop me a PM if you need any help.