BTS look at the incredible amount of work it takes to light an NBA-sized basketball arena

by Gannon Burgett

posted Monday, October 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM EDT

Every time you open up a Sports Illustrated or ESPN Magazine, you see the work of some of the best photographers in the world. But have you ever wondered what exactly it takes to get these shots, especially those captured in indoor environments, such as basketball courts and hockey rinks?

If so, today’s your luck day, because Knoxville-based sports photographer Patrick Murphy-Racey has created the most comprehensive guide to indoor sports photography I’ve ever come across. The video is 32-minutes in length and details absolutely every facet of the work it takes to set up lighting inside arenas.

As a sports photographer myself, I’ve spent a fair bit of time setting up remote lighting in the ballasts and catwalks of arenas, but in comparison to Patrick’s setup, my experience has been a cakewalk, aided by a much smaller venue with pre-installed AlienBees and a few Pocket Wizard triggers.

In the half-hour video, Patrick explains what he uses to light the NBA-sized arenas he shoots in, why he uses his specific gear, how he sets it up and how everything comes together into one massively intricate orchestra that all happens behind-the-scenes.

You can check out Patrick’s work on his blog or head on over to YouTube for more videos.

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