I often try to "shoot through" a play -- keeping the shutter depressed in a burst even after a basket is made or a foul committed -- because there are reactions and even consequences such as hair pulling, stomping and rabbit punches (not all sugar and spice, this sport of girls' basketball). This is my photographic equivalent of following through.
I believe I do a decent job at action and environmental portraits and want to get better at doing more-formal sitdown shots. That requires mastering the lighting and other variables that help bring out the subject's personality. This is going to be a tale of how I bumbled into what I feel is a pretty good shot.
First things first: Ever since I contemplated doing video, Ganon Baker has been at the forefront of the subjects I wanted to take on. I've been going to the Nike Skills Academy for Girls in Beaverton, Ore., for several years now and Baker has been captivating that whole time. He crackles with energy, says funny things and is capable of mythologized physical feats.