When I’m out there shooting volleyball, I see a ton of parents out there trying to photograph their daughter’s game. This post is dedicated to all of you, and let me tell you this. Volleyball isn’t an easy one to shoot, but there are some general things that you should know when you’re trying to get images.
1) Use a fast lens. High school gymnasiums are going to be very dark. Shoot at a high ISO and keep aperture set to 2.8. Don’t use a flash.
2) Access your positions around the court. Most of the time outside hitters will come from the perimeter edge of the court. My best suggestion is to shoot at the opposite corner of the court. Either elevate your position to get a high vantage point or lower your position to get those dramatic blocked shots.
3) Get the ‘Jub’ shot. It’s hard not to miss it because when someone scores, the whole team celebrates…every time. It makes for some great photos and ones that will come often, guarantee , and as the game continues those ‘Jub’ shots get more dramatic.
These are some really basic starting tips. I’m by no means an expert when it comes to photographing volleyball, but if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll make strides in getting good photos of your daughter.