For as long as I can remember, I have found volleyball to be a difficult sport to photograph. I can attribute this to a few factors.
- I am not very familiar with the sport. It can be confusing to follow plays as they develop.
- Most of the gyms I shoot in are absolute dungeons. In one local gym, I am pushing it to shoot 1/125th sec at f/2.8 and 3200 ISO. My camera struggles to follow focus in such poor lighting conditions.
- I don’t always have access to good vantage points to get clean shots.
However, with anything else, I have improved with practice. Last night, I shot a match between Knightstown and Shenandoah high schools. It helped that the gym was relatively new with much brighter lights than other local gyms. I was shooting 1/250th at f/2.8 and 1600 ISO. That exposure is much more reasonable on my 1D Mark II.
Here are the two we ran in the paper.