Photo by: Photo by Joon Woo Lee

December 8, 2017 / Photo Spotlight / Photography

Newest Photo Spotlight looks at photography in the gym

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

We’re now entering the heart of the winter sports season for yearbook staffs, which means lots of photo assignments inside gyms, covering sports such as basketball and wrestling.

Taking great photos inside high school gyms can be difficult, but certainly not impossible. In the latest Photo Spotlight, let’s take a look at some yearbook photographers who really pulled it off well.

Photo by John Yeager

In the first photo by Joon Woo Lee from Henry Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington (seen above), the color and white balance are very good. White balance, especially, is important to manage when prepping in a gym. Lee also did a nice job of capturing the hands in the air and excited faces.

Speaking of capturing excited faces, check out this image on the right from John Yaeger of Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois.

The lighting is great, but Yaeger also used a great low angle and made these fans seem huge as they stretch their arms to the top of the frame.

Of course, it’s not just about the crowd shots. It’s about capturing the game action too. That’s what Liam Sullivan of Seattle Preparatory School did in this photo seen on the right.

These basketball players are flying through the air, suspended in motion, frozen at a great moment with intense expressions captured on their faces.

Photo by Liam Sullivan

There’s great depth of field in this image, which keeps the players in sharp focus, while the crowd behind them is visibly out of focus. The white balance is excellent, which again is tough to do in gyms.

Read this post from Bradley Wilson, author of the Photojournalism unit of Walsworth’s Yearbook Suite curriculum, which is all about how photogs deal with lighting in gyms during basketball games.

Want to see more great photography examples? Download a copy of the 100+ Great Yearbook Photos That Captured Our Attention and Why eBook.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.