Top Ten Sports Photography Tips for Beginners (part 3)

8. Position yourself correctly

When taking sports photos, it is best to position yourself so that the sun is behind your back. This helps make sure that a lot of light is hitting your subject out on the field, reverting back to letting light in as much as possible and freezing the action with such fast shutter speeds. You should also know a lot about the sport you are taking photos of, such as understanding where the ball or the action may help you get the best shots. Therefore, follow the action with your camera, making sure that you are zoomed in close enough to get the player themselves to be the majority of the frame.

9. Shoot from a low angle and use a monopod

Shooting from a low angle such as your knees helps you capture much more of a dramatic angle and lets in more of a clear background instead of other athletes and grass. The low perspective gives the photo excellent depth and you will see that all pro photographers are doing this technique. In addition, purchase a monopod and use it, even if you get not heavy lens and camera. It can help you keep your camera steady and balanced at the same time you are shooting from different angles, especially your knees.

10. Take lots and lots of photos

Whether it be a tennis player serving or a football player kicking the ball, whenever having your subject in the frame, you should half-hold the shutter button to focus and hold down to fire away and quickly capture as many photos as possible. In this day with digital photography, it is fortunate that we can see our results immediately. Absolutely, there is no harm in finishing a sporting event with thousands of photos on your camera.

Top Ten Sports Photography tips for beginners (part 1)

Capturing the action of a sports event, whether it is football, soccer, rugby, tennis league and anything in between, is an amazing feeling for all involved. But how can we get those shots like we see in the magazines and newspapers?

Here is a list of top ten tips on sports photography for beginners to improve your sports photos dramatically.

1. Have a lens or zoom range that is 200mm or more.

A focal length greater than 200mm is obviously much better since it will allow you to get close to the action without being able to zoom in. Two common beginners lenses are the Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM or the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.

2. Do not use full automatic mode.

This is a common mistake of amateur photographers. They usually set their camera in full automatic mode or a pre-mode labelled “action” or “sports”. While these might sometimes work OK, you need to use a semi-manual mode to really take to the next level.

3. Use fast shutter speed.

In terms of sports photography, you want to make sure that the shutter speed on your camera is fast enough so that you can capture the quick moving bodies of the athletes. A shutter speed of at least 1/500th per second is required to freeze movement. Don’t go below 1/500th per second.

4. Use Aperture Priority mode.

The modes on a typical DSLR are Manual, Automatic, Program Automatic, Shutter Priority, and Aperture Priority. Displayed by the letter AV on a Canon and A on a Nikon camera, the aperture is our f/stop number, determining how much light is taken into the sensor of the camera. Professionals for sports photography commonly use aperture priority mode. What we are looking at doing in this mode is to set a very large aperture, which is a small f-stop number to ensure that the most possible light is allowed in and tell the camera that a fast shutter speed is needed for the correct exposure.

Brief Guide to Take Stunning Photos of Football Matches (part 1)

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.