Use These 5 Sports Photography Tips For Capturing More Of The
Action At Your Favorite Sporting Events
Using these five sports photography tips, you will be able to achieve
the goal of sports photography, which is to capture the action and
intensity of a sporting event in a split second.
That is not easy to do. Even an amateur photographer gets lucky now and
then by capturing just the right action shot. However, with the
following sports photography tips you can count on taking one fantastic
shot after another each and every time.
Know the ins and outs of the sport you are photographing
You need to understand strategies, the rules of the game, what the
point of the game is, and what makes an excellent performance.
What may look like nothing to an untrained eye could just be the
perfect shot if you truly know the game.
Have the right equipment and know how to use it
To accurately capture fast moving action, you really need to have a
DSLR camera and a telephoto lens (a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens
is one of the best). A point and shoot camera is not going to give you
the best action shots.
If you are unfamiliar with new equipment, try it out on less important
games first. Ask your friends and family if you can take pictures of
their child's sporting events. This will give you a chance to get used
to your camera and learn what it can and cannot do before heading for
the big leagues.
A nice added bonus is that your friends will be thrilled with the shots
you get of their kids in action!
Know the players
Have a basic knowledge of the players and who plays what position. This
will help you know who to focus on. If you know who the best players
are, they are the ones more likely to give you a great shot so watch
Always be prepared
Don't be fooled by a lull in the game, always be ready. You don't want
to miss a great shot by having your lens cap on!
Always make sure your battery is fully charged, that the lenses you
will need are close at hand, that the lenses are clean, and that your
camera control settings are where they need to be.
Sports photography is not predictable so you need to be ready for
weather conditions to change or the lighting to change. Basically be
ready for anything!
Scout out the best locations
You will need to change your location many times throughout a sporting
event in order to get the best shots at the right time.
For example, if the football team is rushing in for a touchdown, you
need to make sure you are in the end zone. Many times if you explain
that you are a photographer, you will be allowed access to the
Just make sure you do so BEFORE the game! You don't want to be arguing
with a security guard and end up missing a great shot.
More thoughts on Sports photography
There is something exhilarating about seeing a photo that totally
captures the victory and triumph of the glory of winning. There's
something about competition that stirs our soul and sports photography
has the power to capture that in a single instant. With these tips, you
should be able to do just that over and over again.