Tips for Roller Derby Photography

TentacionTentacion Click On !Posts: 940Registered Users Major grins
edited September 5, 2008 in Sports
Just like to get some input as to Roller Derby Photography.

I recently did an event, photos came out good, but I want better (just like a female eh) and they have asked me back to do another event (they liked my captures) !! :D

Here are some of the points of these events...

VERY VERY LOW Ambience Colored Lights.
Very FAST ACTION Packed Skaters, and they like getting photos of when they are having smackdowns..."Major Action" and Still Skating at the same time..You know like the "girl flying out of the arena" ..LOL

What would you sport photographers suggest or have tips on, to make life easier...I use a Nikon 40DX and a monopod cause it is easier for me to manipulate??

Thanks
Donna
You're only as good as your next photo....
One day, I started writing, not knowing that I had chained myself for life to a noble but merciless master. When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended solely for self-flagellation...I'm here alone in my dark madness, all by myself with my deck of cards --- and, of course, the whip God gave me." Truman Capote

Comments

  • sportsshooter06sportsshooter06 "Hit em hard" Posts: 194Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 9, 2008
    If you want to shoot Roller Derby or any fast action , you need a fast camera, and a fast lens.

    If you are shooting with a d40 or 40d, you may be equipment challenged.
    What do you shoot with, camera, lens etc.
  • donekdonek Major grins Posts: 655Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 10, 2008
    You should start with this tutorial on Basketball. It will be the closest thing.
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/1188111

    This was a tremendous thread started by Randy Wells last winter on using a bounce flash.
    http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=81274&highlight=bounce+flash

    If you're serious about getting the best shots and want to use additional on site lighting the strobist website (http://strobist.blogspot.com/) is pretty cool. There are couple articles there in speedlighting a college gym for basketball. They are here:
    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/03/q-speedlighting-gym.html
    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/02/on-assignment-speedlighting-college-gym.html

    I've never shot what you are, but the closest thing to what you're doing as far as I can tell is going to be basketball in a poorly lit gym.
    Sean Martin
    www.seanmartinphoto.com

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  • TentacionTentacion Click On ! Posts: 940Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 13, 2008
    Thanks Everyone!!
    You're only as good as your next photo....
    One day, I started writing, not knowing that I had chained myself for life to a noble but merciless master. When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended solely for self-flagellation...I'm here alone in my dark madness, all by myself with my deck of cards --- and, of course, the whip God gave me." Truman Capote
  • FritzenfratFritzenfrat Beginner grinner Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited May 20, 2008
    A little bit of compromise
    I just started shooting Roller Derby events in January, the low light/fast action combo is maddening at times. I never liked the results I got from my flash, even with a Lumiquest bounce hood. I started shooting at f/2.8, 1/125, and a 3200 ISO. Afterwards I run the Noise Ninja Photoshop plug-in to help clean up the image. It's not a perfect solution, but it works given the environment.
  • XtraStoutXtraStout Beginner grinner Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited September 5, 2008
    I have shot around 30 bout with a sony a100 kit lens and a cheap flash. 1/40 f3.5-5.6 iso800 and have had relatively good results. there's a bunch of us here http://www.flickr.com/groups/rollerderby/






    cheers ShooterStrych9
    flickr.com/shooterstrychnine
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