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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 them closely.

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 sidelines.

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.

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