We have recently had the chance to photograph a football game at Kidderminster Harriers Football Club, so here is some information we have learned through this experience that we think inspiring sport photographers would benefit from knowing.
Equipment normally used for sports photography includes a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera with a high shutter speed with changeable lenses that range from 14mm up to 400mm or sometimes longer focal length, depending on the sport.
Different lenses allow photographers to reach closer and take quicker photos to keep up with the different sports. Other essential to take with you include a monopod/tripod for stability, extra batteries and extra memory cards.
Sport photographer may also use remote camera triggered by wireless shutter devices to photograph from places they wouldn’t be able to stay, for example in a position such as a basketball basket or to be in two places at once, i.e. the start and finish line of a horse race.
- Have a long lens or zoom range.
- Use a fast shutter speed.
- Use a fast auto-focus.
- Turn Burst on and set it to the maximum about of photos per second.
- Choose your position carefully. (Sun behind you for best light/near the action.) (If possible check out the location beforehand.)
- Check with organisers about any restrictions.
- Take lots and lots of photos.
- If you don’t have a tripod/monopod lean on your knees or a flat surface to steady your camera.
- Bring extra batteries and memory cards.
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