Top Ten Sports Photography Tips For Beginners (part 2)

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.