Basketball Photography: The Basics

It is quite easy to master the basics of basketball photography. All you need is to equip yourself with the right tools, pick a suitable location, and set up your camera. After completing these steps, you are ready to start shooting.


When it comes to taking basketball photos you must do so with a suitable camera. At the very least, you need to be equipped with a fast camera in terms of frames per second (FPS). Ideally, you need a camera with FPS of between 5 and 8.


Instead of using auto focus, you need to concentrate on pre-focusing. Therefore, look for a camera with plenty of focusing capabilities and avoid one that has excellent fast focusing capabilities.


You need to pick a suitable location. You may need to shoot from the courtside or from a vantage point at the top of a lower level. If you are going to shoot far from the court, you may need to use a telephoto lens which is very costly. Ideally, it pays to shoot from behind the net.

Set Up

You will need to ensure that the camera is set to shoot multiple numbers of photos at maximum speed possible. This is called continuous shooting mode. Last but not least, be sure to do some pre-focusing at the place where you know the real action is going to take place. Typically, you should think about pre-focusing on the area under the basket. Once this is done, you can start shooting.