“Pick-up Game” Most

This is the most fun I’ve had on our assignment so far. Initially with this assignment I felt a pressure to pick something that felt like a real news story. However, the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of doing something simple and everyday. I didn’t want to shoot a whole day or something, but I wanted to capture an essential part of day. I chose the daily ritual of playing basketball with my friends. Often, we will play for hours or until it gets dark out.

My friend Jack Josellis actually bricks this free throw, but his form looks much better for the picture

My friend Jack Josellis actually bricks this free throw, but his form looks much better for the picture.

Basketball is so important to me. It’s how I made a lot of my friends at this university. To me there is nothing more fun than me either jokingly or seriously shooting the basketball around, talking to Jack and my other friends about life.

Also, this is the most proud I am of my camera work. I think I get some nice wide shots, beautiful texture shots, and am creative about where I place my camera and how I shoot. I also try to capture both daytime, dusk and night, and use some beautiful shadow work that I was personally blown away with looking back on it.

I really like the rate at which both my eye for shots and knowledge of the camera is improving. I still think I have a ways to go, but at this rate I should be turning some of my best work when it matters most.

1 thought on ““Pick-up Game” Most

  1. Boyd, James E

    I was probably very biased in my overall feeling towards your video, simply because I love the game of basketball. I thought you had some really powerful shots. The close up of your friend Jack shooting a free-throw and the shadowy-shot of the basketball going through the hoop were my two favorites.

    As far as critiques go, I would just advise to make sure your camera isn’t going in and out of focus (tip: use the auto focus on a stationary object, then switch it to manual when a moving object comes into the picture). And also, really think about the sequence of your clips. They worked will in my opinion, but they could have been even better.

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