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I haven’t shot volleyball since high school! I forgot how challenging it can be, in comparison to shooting other sports. There are two main difficulties: 1. finding an angle that will provide more faces and clear action and 2. following the action and getting what you want in focus.
I spent some time moving around the court, and I found the best way to deal with issue 1. is shooting level with the net, with your shoulders perpendicular to the net. This required me to be in the stands, I am not tall and shooting from the floor obscured a lot of potential shots with appendages.
Number 2. is a little trickier and the best way to address it is knowing the sport or simply practicing enough to reveal patterns. Keeping both eyes open is a great way to track action without having to throw your camera everywhere. Use the other eye to locate where your next shot might be, then use the eye in the view finder to frame the shot. Keeping both eyes open also protects you and your equipment from players or balls. And lastly, separating the shutter release and auto focus button can be quite essential to getting the in focus shot.
Here are some other shots the game against Pepperdine that I thought were more successful than the ones published.