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Post-Processing Hockey Photos

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Here is the before image.

When taking photos of ice hockey games there are three main ingredients in the recipe for success.  The pregame prep, the photographing of the game, and the post-processing of your photos. Post-processing is one of the most important aspects of sports photography but it is often over looked by beginners.

If you are shooting on a deadline it makes sense to shoot in jpeg mode for faster downloading and then uploading out to your media service. However, if you are a beginner, I highly recommend shooting ice hockey in raw mode. Raw gives you a greater ability to adjust your white balance and bring out shadow detail in case you didn’t get it just right in camera.

I thought it would be fun and educational to take an image and examine it both before and after post-processing. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s use some pictures. It will cut down on how much you have to read and how much I have to type!

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Photographing hockey from above the net

Isles Overhead (2 of 1)During the playoffs hockey teams need to raise the bar with their performance. The same holds true for photographers. News services from both teams are in town and all looking for the best position to photograph their team from.

Placing a camera above the net provides an interesting point of view. During the Stanley Cup Quarter finals I had a camera up in the rafters above the net.
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Everything You Need To Know About Photographing Ice Hockey

How to shoot ice hockeyPhotographing the sport of ice hockey can be one of the most challenging sports a photographer will ever shoot. On the pro level, the game moves at unimaginable speeds. It’s hard to believe the players can make such great plays in the blink of an eye.

As a photographer, you have to worry about keeping up with such fast paced action. You also have to be able to predict where things are going to happen next. If you wait for them to happen in this game, it’s already too late.

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