Photographing a soccer match is always a challenge. Because the actions of the players are usually very fast and at quite a distance from the photographer. Under these conditions, note some important factors that can help improve the problem. If you are a passionate football photographer, you may have had a lot of hard work shooting some matches. Here are some simple tips to make sure you leave with the right photos.
Try to stay where you are
There is always a temptation to pursue all the action around the yard. If you do so, you also have to run as much as the player. It is better to choose a suitable position, and wait there until the action on the pitch comes to you. The prime location is close to the goal at one end of the pitch. That position will give you the opportunity to have great action when the player competes for the ball and can record important moments when the player scores.
Leave the tripod at home
What you don’t want most is being tied up with a bulky tripod, so leave the tripod on at home. If needed, you can carry a single tripod that is easy to carry. But it is best to use your own arms and legs, especially because you will capture the action in the yard with a fast shutter speed so the image will not shake.
Shoot with a telephoto lens
Since the player is always at a distance from you, you need to shoot with a telephoto lens. Sports photographers tend to use 70-200mm lenses and can go up to about 400mm. Those telephoto sizes will give you an ideal shooting range. You may find that a lens lower than 70mm will have a too wide-angle and a lens longer than 400mm will pull the player too close. A zoom lens will help you adjust the focal length of your choice quickly and without hassle.