Sports photography is a different kind of photography. It is fast-paced and requires a lot of skill and positioning. Before DSLR camera took over the world and digital photography became so much more prominent, the really skilled photographers dominated because they had limited shots and no way of knowing whether their shot would be okay until the film was developed.
Today, you just look at your screen and know whether the photo is good or not. Still, sports events require practice and talent and these tips should help you on your way to becoming a good sports photographer.
Get a Good Camera
A good camera with a good sensor for low-light conditions and a very fast shutter will help you take great photos. DSLR cameras are great for this as they come packed with features and can very well do the shooting for you in certain circumstances.
If the event is of such a nature that you cannot really enter with a DSLR camera, then having a mirrorless one is a great option. They tend to produce pictures of a lower quality yet if they are sensitive enough and have great autofocus features, you should be able to get by.
Just like a cat positions before it pounces or a tennis player before they hit the ball, so must you position yourself before something takes place. Sports photography means you’ll be getting a lot of action, too. You will have to move around in order to position yourself for a great photo.
If you’re behind 10 people and can barely see the player, then you are not going to get as good of a photo as someone who is up close and personal.
Know the Sport
If you head out to photograph a sport you have never even seen in your life and barely know the rules, you are not going to get far. Familiarize yourself with the rules, the sport, the details, as much as necessary so that you can predict what’s going to happen, thus making your positioning easier. It is much better to be at the right place and the right time before something happens.
Ready Your Equipment
Heading out into the field with setting for an indoor portrait shoot might not be the best idea. Set your camera setting prior to going out to the field and make sure that you bring the correct lenses.
A telephoto lens is mandatory when shooting sports photography. Very often you will not be able to get close enough to the action so bring a lens upwards of 200mm.
Action Warrants Emotion
In sports, players make all kinds of faces and grimaces. Capturing those is likely to make your photo stand out and be bought by a magazine and/or newspaper. Make sure to look for the emotions in the actions and to try and capture those.
Equipped with these tips and the right camera and lenses, sports photography should present no issue to you.