It’s thrilling to capture the action of a sporting event, but not always to easy to achieve. Successful sports photographers have been working at their skill for years, practicing to ensure that every shot is an action one.
If you want to your sports photograph to look good enough for a magazine cover, then follow these 7 tips:
- Make sure you have a zoom range of at least 200 mm. This will allow you to isolate players and objects on the field, and give the appearance that you were running alongside them when the photo was taken.
- Only use a semi manual mode as opposed to the full automatic or sports mode that many cameras are equipped with. While this gives you multiple shots, it does not allow for changes in distance from the subject. In order to properly depict the excitement of a sporting event you must maintain some level of control over how you are taking your pictures.
- You have to use a shutter speed of at least 1/500th of second if you want the camera to capture the quick movements that take place in sports. When you are careful about your shutter speed you can even capture something as quick moving as an arrow as it first leaves the cradle of a recurve bow.
- Always adjust your ISO to meet the circumstance. An ISO of 400 is great for a little league game on a sunny day, but you will need to adjust to 800 or more if at a night or indoor game.
- Make sure that you at the very least have a basic understanding of the sport you are shooting. This will help you in anticipating movements and being prepared when the money shot makes its appearance.
- Get into the right position. Sports shots are boring when they are all from above or at the same height of the subjects. Try and get down on the field and put yourself at a lower position to the action. This will help in adding a unique feel to your photos that will get them noticed.
- Take thousands of shots if you have to. By using burst mode you can repeatedly take pictures of an important moment in the sporting event you are shooting. This is a great technique to try if you want to capture the journey of an arrow from recurve bow target. You can actually pan its path as you hold on the shutter to create a series of shots in flight.
The most important thing to remember is that out of the thousands of sports shots you will take, only a handful will actually be good enough to be published, if any. Take your time to practice, and before you know it, you’ll be shooting sports like a pro.