5. Watch your ISO
Shutter speed is very important. The correct exposure can be determined with three components, including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. When shooting in a semi-manual modes like aperture priority or shutter priority, we need to set the ISO based on the location, time, and conditions of the event that you are taking photos. For example, for a bright sunny daytime football match, a low ISO of 400 will be perfect since there is plenty of light available for the camera to use. If it is a dull overcast day and there is not so much light, you need to increase your ISO, usually to around 800-1200.
6. Use Shutter Priority Mode In Case Aperture Priority isn’t available
For non-SLR photographers only having a camera that enables shutter speed settings, shutter priority mode is best used. It is important to remember that you can still capture some great shots without SLR. Most cameras that includes point-and-shoots will enable the users to set a shutter speed. Using this mode enables us to tell the camera directly what speed we’d like the shutter to be without having to tell the camera how much light to let in as we did with aperture priority mode. The camera will decide on what aperture or f/stop number to use. As mentioned before, at least 1/500th of a second is needed. You will need to take test shots as setting your shutter speed manually if you set it too high and not let enough light into the camera.
7. Set camera to continually focus on subjects and use burst mode
If you want the camera to keep up with the fast movements, you need to set it to continually focus on subjects rather than lock on to one spot. You must also set your camera to take multiple images, usually referred to as burst or frames per second. Locate both of these on your camera and make sure that they are switched ON as shooting sports. If you can set how many frames per second you want your camera to take, always set it to the maximum whether it may be 3, 4, 5 or more photos per second. This helps to increase your chances of capturing that money shot.
Pay attention to upgrading your photography skills and accessories rather than life the camera if the photos you take are not satisfactory.
There is a constant thought in the minds of new photographers that the price of the camera determines the quality of the photos. The quality mentioned here is aesthetic, not resolution or pixels. In fact, a masterpiece photo can come from a common camera and vice versa, the poor craftsman still shoots the bad shots if there is a genuine camera. Nice photos or not due to people shooting more than the quality of the device.
Many people when buying a computer often ask questions to friends, or experts that the camera is good enough. Maybe in some cases it does not accomplish what you want but basically, no bad cameras were born in this day and age. Even the most popular camera can do all your needs well, even abundantly with features that are never needed.
For many people, the kit lens is like a throw-away product. They exist simply to help the initial use of the user more convenient. Of course, the lens kit has its drawbacks – mainly in aperture and focal range but it can be used in a versatile way. At the very least, don’t sell it as soon as you turn on the device or blame it because the photos are not yours.
Photography is a long-term learning process. Therefore, instead of thinking about spending a lot of money on high-end cameras to take better photos, you should find a suitable computer and spend the remaining money to buy what works for the process. Develop your photography skills.
Accessories like tripod, removable battery, camera bag, filters, some books are something you should have on hand. If you’re not happy with your photo, it’s not a camera error. The beautiful pictures only come when you have the aptitude and skills that are forged through the long-term accumulation process instead of upgrading the camera.
To ensure the quality of sports photos, in addition to technology, photographers need to use specialized equipment. So, you need to specify the PnS, pocket or superzoom models can’t capture beautiful sports photos. For DSLRs, for sports shooting, you must use high-end and professional models.
Select the camera
The first important factor when choosing a machine is the continuous shooting speed per second (FPS – Frame Per Second). The higher the speed, the faster it will allow you to capture and not miss any moments of the competition.
Next is Dynamic Range and ISO range also affects image quality. You should choose a device with a high Dynamic Range and a wide ISO range for good shooting in low light conditions.
Last but not least, you should choose a professional model for sports photography because they allow fast and accurate focusing. Canon 1D X is a perfect choice with a continuous shooting speed of 14 frames per second (JPEG) or 12 frames per second (RAW). This is the latest and fastest Canon DSLR model, equipped with extremely powerful DIGIC 5+ image processing chips. ISO range from 50 – 51,200, expanding up to 204,000, for very good processing performance. Nikon D3S is also capable of continuous shooting of 9 frames/sec with ISO range of 200 – 12800 and extending up to 102,400.
Choose a lens
When taking sports photos, you will encounter two cases: indoor and outdoor. With unstable and weak indoor lighting conditions, you need to choose a lens with a large aperture. When shooting outdoor competitions in the evening, you must also equip similar lenses.
The most suitable lenses usually have an aperture of f / 2.8 and a large focal range (200mm or more). Canon EF 70-200mm f / 2.8 L II IS USM is a lens suitable for indoor sports shooting. Canon EF 300mm f / 2.8 with a large focal range suitable for outdoor sports shooting. Reporters also use wide-angle lenses to capture moments near the goal in football matches.