Basketball Photography: Capturing the Best Images
The best thing about photographing basketball? The continuous, back-and-forth scoring around a very specific area (the hoop). This enables you to capture critical action shots at almost any time.
Furthermore, there are a number of different opportunities that exist outside of the action. Player introductions, time-outs, and crowd interaction are all integral in basketball.
This gives you a lot more time and creative flexibility as a photographer.
The best location to capture the tip-off.
Baseline, at the Three-Point Line
The only position on the court with total flexibility to photograph anything.
Baseline, Under The Hoop
When you’re looking to be a bit more creative.
There are a number of other unique and creative locations to consider!
As I alluded to in the introduction, basketball gives you a lot more time and creative flexibility as a photographer than most other sports.
Below, you’ll find a number of other creative opportunities to consider.
Behind the Backboard
How to Spend Your Time
At most basketball games, the order of operations should be fairly standard. Spend your time as follows:
- Start by capturing player introductions.
- If you’re specifically being employed by one of the teams, ensure you’re on the court to capture the hype surrounding the player introductions.
- Make your way to centre court.
- Once the introductions have ended, move to centre court and ensure you capture the tip-off. If the game is monumental and your mobility is limited, I would go as far as to suggest skipping player introductions altogether – to guarantee you get this shot.
- Move to the baseline.
- When the game begins, make your way to the baseline. I would recommend sitting near the three-point line, but in many professional situations, you won’t have a choice.
While there are undoubtedly spots around the court that will consistently produce great photographs, you shouldn’t hesitate to experiment and move around.
I’ve included some miscellaneous images below, in the hopes of triggering your creative thought process.
If you have any additional suggestions or ideas, don’t hesitate to share!