These shots are from a practice which included a number of different age groups, and where we had some fun with lights.
High school gyms tend to be dark. In order to get the fast shutter speeds necessary to freeze action, cameras must be set to very high ISO values. But this results in grainy photos.
Also, many gym lights rapidly cycle through a range of colors and intensities. This happens too fast for the human eye to see, but a camera using a fast shutter speed will pick it up. This makes the colors vary considerably from photo to photo, and even within different areas of the same photo.
Using studio lights, as we did in this gallery, produces photos whose color is much more accurate and consistent, and with no graininess. The downside is the potential distraction to the players and fans from the flashes.
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