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Shooting indoor Volleyball games

Getting in

Just walk in the main doors like anyone else. They might search your bag or ask about it, just say you're here to take pictures for the photography club.

Walk over to the corner of the gym where DJ Sha sets up - there should be a thick purple curtain that you can push aside and walk through and they keep a bunch of balls there. That's where you can put down your bag. Yellow arrow in the picture below

Where you can go

For volleyball you can be most places on the edge of the court on the side opposite the teams. This area is shown as a green box in the picture above. I tend to sit near the net, maybe 6-10 feet on either side.

You can also walk up/down the bleachers as you please. I've sat a few rows back and taken pictures from a slight angle above.

You can also stand on the short sides of the court behind the chairs or anything that is there, like the perspective where the above picture was taken. Be careful being there during warm ups because they like to serve into that space.


It isn't very bright in Jervey so settings are a struggle. I use something similar to the following:

Shutter Speed: 1/640

Aperture: As big as possible, f/2.8 if you can

ISO: 3200 ish

White balance: <Not sure but probably Kelvin 4300>

Original post with tips and tricks about shooting volleyball here

This past Saturday I took pictures at a Clemson volleyball game through my job with the athletics department. The lighting in Clemson's volleyball gym is horrible - it's dark, and the lights on the ceiling aren't even all the same color (some are pink, some are yellow). Shooting volleyball is always a challenge due to the speed and repetitiveness of it, but here are a few tips I have.

Unique angle taken during warmups

1. Warm-ups are your friend.

It's worth getting to the game a little bit early to take pictures during warm-ups because you can move around with more freedom than during the games. I took this game sitting under the net in a corner and reaching around the pole - something they definitely wouldn't let me do during the real game. You can easily go up and down the bleachers (until they fill up). Also take this time to socialize with any other photographers, journalists, and helpers while you're both just hanging out. Once the game starts everyone has a job to do and won't be as social, but before the game most people will happily talk for a little bit. A quick conversation can make the rest of the game a lot less awkward as you walk around the same people for a few hours.

2. Take lots of pictures, delete lots of pictures

Volleyball is a fast-paced game, and even with volleyball experience it can be hard to predict where the ball is going to be. Use burst mode to take a lot of pictures, but often look through the pictures and delete the bad ones. If you delete pictures during the game it will save you a ton of time post-processing later on. A piece of advice I often give is that no one knows about the pictures you delete, so delete pictures to your heart's content.