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Author: Scott Slingsby

Shots on Goal: Goalie Photography

Which of these look like your hockey photos? Setting your white balance manually plays a large part of getting  professional quality hockey photographs. Read on to learn more about what white balance is, how it affects your photography, and most importantly some key tips on how to set it in an arena White Balance/ Color Temperature Hockey can be one of the toughest sports to photograph due to difficult lighting, dirty plexiglass and cold temperatures. So over the next few weeks I’d like to share my techniques that I’ve learned over the past couple of  years. My goal whether I’m shooting hockey or any other sport is to get the exposure correct in the camera the first time so I don’t have to do a lot of post processing when I get home. If I’ve done everything correctly all I have to do is straighten my horizons, crop and sharpen the image. An important part of getting the exposure correct is understanding the role color temperature plays in setting the white balance. Light Color Temperature What are we doing when we change the white balance  in the camera? We are identifying what the color white is under the current lighting condition.  Our eyes are able to adjust to different color temperatures because we’ve taught our brains what white looks like under different types of light, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent. The...

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Shots on Goal:Goalie Photography

Goalie Masks: Photo Tip Part of the fun of shooting a hockey game for me is capturing the the detail of the goalie’s mask. Those of you who are frequent readers of InGoal Magazine have seen the articles that David has written on these artists. Their attention to detail is phenomenal. One of my goals when I get to the rink is is to capture these masks and detail on film. I try to get to the rink at least 30-45 minutes before the game starts for a couple of reasons. This for me is the time I adjust my camera settings, white balance/color temperature, aperture, shutter speed and ISO for the lighting in the rink. I’ll expand on my techniques that I use in future articles but for now I’ll focus on how like get my mask pictures. By arriving early I can catch the goalies warming up. While one is in net the other one or two goalies are usually standing along the boards waiting their turn. This is how I captured Canicius goalie Andrew Lowen. Another way I have been able to get a good mask shot is to watch the goalie when play has stopped. Sometimes they will leave the crease and skate over to the boards and skate back to the crease. I saw Mercyhurst goalie Ryan Zapolski doing this one night and got...

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Shots on Goal: Goalie Photography

With hockey season pretty much winding down  I thought I’d start posting some of my favorite goalie pictures I shot this past season. We have been a long time supporter of Army Hockey because my wife is a graduate of the Academy. I try to get out there at least once a year to shoot a game. This year’s game was a special one because it was senior night and goalie Josh Kassel’s last game at West Point. After graduating, Josh is on his way to Ft Rucker Alabama to learn to fly helicopters. Josh stopped 19 of 22 shots as Army skated to a 3-3 tie with the AIC Yellow Jackets. Here’s Josh making one of his 19 saves. f3.2 @ 1/500,  ISO 2500 I was also able to capture a penalty shot sequence with Army forward Mike Hull scoring on AIC goalie Tom Fenton. f3.2 @ 1/640 ISO 2500 Just click on the pictures to view all the photos from the...

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Shots on Goal: Goalie Photography

I’m an amateur photographer with a passion for shooting hockey, goalies specifically. Although I enjoy shooting the whole game I especially love shooting the action around the net because this is where the game is won or lost. For me there is nothing better than capturing the puck in mid air going over the goalies shoulder or freezing the puck as it’s deflected by the blocker. I started shooting hockey about 5 years ago because  my wife and daughter, both serious hockey fans, were going to Army hockey games while I stayed home. I decided to go to a game with them one night and bring my camera along just to add a little interest for me and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m currently shooting with a Nikon D300 and with the 70-200mm f2.8 lens I hope to provide some pictures for our editors at inGoal Magazine and maybe some photography tips that I’ve learned along the way.  I live in New Hampshire so I have quite a few resources close to home. There are three high schools that play at our local rink, numerous colleges in the area, two AHL teams and of course the Boston Bruins are only an hour from the house. This week’s picture is of Erik Peterson of Bentley College scoring the first goal of the night against Canicius goalie Dan Morrison. This...

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