I admit that I am a beginner when it comes to photographing dynamic subjects such as sports.
Sports photography is hard because unlike landscapes and portraits, the subjects are always moving.
Even if you are photographing some people who are working out at your local exercise stations in public parks, their movements may be difficult to catch on film.
You need to have a steady hand, a fast camera, and lightning fast reflexes.
After all, you need to be able to perfectly frame a shot the second that it happens — each kick of the ball, each goal scored, each swing of the racket, all of it makes for some pretty exciting stuff.
So, if you want to photograph sports, here are the following tips.
Use High ISO and Shutter Speeds
Using a high ISO also allows you to shoot at higher shutter speeds.
Fast movements are best captured using high ISO, because it stops the movement from blurring.
Most professional photographers use a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second to completely freeze a moment.
Try to experiment with different ISOs and shutter speeds.
Some shots are great if they are completely frozen, but some blurring can sometimes be preferred since they can look more dynamic.
It all depends on what you want to show in your photographs.
Use Wide Angle Lenses
Using wide angle lenses allows you to capture more detail on a horizontal plane, which is particularly great for sports that require athletes to move from one side of the court or field and the other.
Wide angle lenses are great for football, rugby, and basketball photography.
It is also a great idea to have a wider zoom range, as it is often impossible to get close to the athletes without interfering with the game.
A wider zoom will allow you to take close ups without having to run out into the field to get a better shot.
Try Different Angles
This is a no brainer for most people, but it seems that a lot of folks forget that sports photography isn’t always about capturing a single athlete in action.
In fact, it is a great idea to photograph from all angles, including the highest point that you can get at.
Try to photograph not only the players in the field, but also the crowd around it.
The fans make up the true spirit of a game, which gives your sports photography a bit more soul.
Focus on Taking Photos Exclusively
One of the more common mistakes that beginners make is constantly checking up on the shots that they took on their camera.
While beginners are understandably nervous about their shots and wish to check whether their pictures are any good, sports photography is so fast paced that every second that you spend looking at your screen is another moment lost.
It is better to just keep shooting photos and paying attention to your surroundings rather than to worry about whether or not your photos are any good.
You can always check the photos after the event has finished.