Archive for the ‘Sports Photography’ Category

You may have read our recent post on some of the techniques behind sports photography. Coming up at the end of the month, we’re hosting a two-hour seminar devoted entirely to sports photography, at our Syosset, NY store!

From the description:

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced photographers to help capture the moment and photograph sports like a professional. Topics to be covered will include : composition, lighting, focusing techniques, exposure, field position, and anticipating the action.

Click here for more information on the class, including info on how to sign up.


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Whether you want to turn a hobby into a profession, or just get good clear shots of your friends or family out playing on the field, there are some important things to keep in mind when photographing sporting events.

  1. Know your equipment. Your point and shoot camera might take great portraits or landscape photos, but the best camera for sports photography has two basic needs, which these cameras often lack – speed, and the ability to zoom in close.
  2. A big part of sports photography is being able to anticipate the action. One thing that can help is a camera with the ability to take three or more shots per second, in quick succession. Many DSLR models have this feature, even at the lower end of the price spectrum. The lens also needs to be able to focus quickly, or else all you’ll end up with is a series of blurry, unfocused shots.
  3. Taking pictures from the stands or bleachers means you’ll need a powerful zoom, to be able to get in close to the players and capture the action. A good rule of thumb is this: for every 10 yards of distance, filling the frame with the average-sized human requires 100mm in lens. So a 200mm lens will more or less fill a vertical photo with a human figure from 20 yards away. Whenever possible, it will help immensely to get out of the stands and onto the sidelines, or in the case of a sport like basketball, as low to the court as possible.
  4. Know what to shoot. Generally, people want to see the emotion on the players’ faces. This can be more difficult in a sport like football where the players’ faces are obscured by helmets, but even still, their body language can be very expressive and make for dramatic photos in instances where you can’t get a clear view of a player’s face.

Sports Photography Tips

Check out the full article on sports photography, and read tons more tips on how to utilize your camera, what types of shots to look for, and how to perfectly capture an action-packed shot.

Looking for a camera recommendation for sports photography? We’d recommend the Canon Powershot G11 for a beginner, a Canon EOS 50D for an intermediate photographer, and for an advanced user, the Nikon D3s.

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