And the first thing that I have to say is what a hard lighting situation I faced in the indoor sports centre at Roache Park. The second thing I should say is that I am not a specialist sports photographer!
Netball is a fast paced sport which requires a fast shutter speed to stop the action in a photo. But the lighting level was quite low, exacerbated by the fact that one of the lights over one quarter of the court was not working. With the aperture on my zoom lens opened as wide as it could go, the only way to achieve a fast shutter speed was to dial up the ISO. For a fast shutter speed, this brought the ISO up to a level that I wasn't happy with because of the noise created in the image. So I compromised (as you do), with an ISO of 10,000 - which is still very high. In the photos you will notice some blur of fast moving parts, caused by the shutter speed (1/90 - 1/125) not being as fast as it could have been in better light. The second aspect of the lighting that I struggled with was the colour cast caused by the floodlights, which I hope I have managed to remove in Lightroom so that the skin on the girls doesn't look too green!
I haven't seen any photos taken by other parents on their phones or compact cameras, but I'd like to know how the photos turned out in the difficult lighting situation. I think that it is in difficult situations that the professional photographer's pictures differ the most from your standard snapshot.
View the netball photos here and let me know what you think of my efforts.
Next weekend I'm hoping to photograph some outdoor sports action when my young son plays in a soccer tournament!