Sport Photography Techniques

10 Tips for better Sport Photography

Sports Photography Tips

10 Simple tips that can help you with Sport Photography

Sports photography or Action photography is all about timing. It’s about reacting. It’s about being in the right place at the right time, and it’s about speed.

Panning is one of the most useful techniques in Sport Photography

Panning is one of the most useful techniques in Sport Photography

Here I am going to share ten basic Sport Photography Tips.

1- Know your Sport

Each sport has predictable and unpredictable moments. By knowing the predictable moments, you increase the chance of capturing the right moment. Before going to a Sports photography event, try to learn more about the sport. Understanding the sport keeps you prepared for the right moment.

2- Use high ISO

Most new digital cameras are capable of shooting at a very high ISO. Use this to your advantage and stop the motion.

3- Use a long Telephoto

For sports photography, the longer telephoto that you have, the better the chance for capturing outstanding close-up action.

4- Try different angles

Usually, eye-level angles tend to be a bit boring and do not make for a dynamic shot. Use different angles. Most of the time, a “Low angle” is the winner in sports photography.

 5- Always be prepared

From the packing to the click of the shutter. It means to go through your equipment carefully to be sure everything is in working condition, make sure that you packed everything that you need, make sure that you have quick access to all of your equipment when on the site, do not over-pack with equipment that you are not going to use, be ready for the unplanned (weather changes, positioning changes or limitations), and always be ready to shoot – with your finger on the shutter release and your eye to the camera (you don’t want to miss the money shot because you were not prepared to snap it)

6- Do NOT Chimp

what is Chimping? Here is what Wikipedia has about Chimping:

“Chimping is a colloquial term used in digital photography to describe the habit of checking every photo on the camera display (LCD) immediately after capture.”

This means taking a test shot before the action starts, if you need to, to be sure your settings are correct, and then only check again during downtimes or when lighting changes.

7- Learn your camera’s settings and functions

This is the most important tip of all, and we can help you learn the critical ones in our upcoming Sports Photography workshop.

8- Use Shutter Priority

In most cases, Shutter Priority (TV/S) will be your choice. There are times ( such as a very bright and sunny day) that you may want to use Aperture Priority (AV/A) to reduce the depth of fields. We will discuss this in our Sports Photography workshop in detail.

9- Add a Monopod to your gear

A monopod can be your best friend in Sports Photography; it not only makes the camera more steady but also takes away the weight from your hand and neck!

10- Location, Location, Location

This applies to Sports Photography more than to real estate! You have to be very careful about choosing your shooting spot for sports photography. We will discuss this in more detail later.

Stay tuned for more tips to come,

Ted and Omnilargess Team


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Sport Photography workshop Fraser Valley

Sport Photography Workshop in Fraser Valley BC

You have been introduced to our in-house, Sports Photography expert – Shawn Hamilton from Highmark Adventures – before. Read his post below to get a great tip for Sports Photography and learn a little more about his class.

Introduction to Sports Photography Workshop

The Sports Photography workshop is right around the the corner! Don’t let the “beginners to advanced” wording scare you in the workshop description; this is an introduction to sports photography. As long as you have some understanding about how your camera works outside of auto mode, then this workshop is for you!

Have you tried taking photos of action, but never been able to freeze the action just right? Have you heard the term ‘panning,’ but have no idea what it is, or why to use it? This class is all about understanding what makes a great sports photo and learning the techniques to create them yourself. We will be talking about gear, camera settings, techniques and more.

This is the next step in your journey to capturing great sports images.

Quick Tip

Did you know that most sports require a minimum shutter speed of 1/1000 to successfully freeze the action?

1/1000  f2.8  ISO125

1/1000 f2.8 ISO125

So the next time you’re out shooting some action, go ahead and put your camera in Tv / S  (Shutter Priority mode), set the shutter to 1/1000, and have a go at it!

Looking forward to meeting you all in my upcoming workshop!

Shawn Hamilton


If you would like more tips like this, as well as a great time venturing into the world of sports through the lens of your camera, register for Shawn’s class now. This type of photography tends to hide in the background because it is hard to break into without knowing the technicalities to get it right. Let Shawn simplify the process in Sports Photography Techniques!

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Sport Photography Techniques

Sport Photography Techniques

Quick Tip #3

Continuous Auto-Focus

What is continuous auto-focus you ask?

Simply put it is a focus mode to help you maintain focus an a moving subject.

As a sports shooter you will use this almost all the time. Now this is just a quick overview and we go into it in more depth in our upcoming Sport Photography Techniques workshop.

Most DSLR`s have 3 different focus modes,

1-AF-A(Nikon)AI Focus(Canon),

2-AF-S(Nikon) One Shot(Canon),

3-AF-C(Nikon) AI Servo(Canon).

We talk about all the modes in the workshop but this is a quick tip so we or going straight to the AI Servo/AF-C mode. Incase your wondering AF-C stands for auto-focus continuous.

Why would we want this as a sports shooter? Why not just focus on a moving subject, press the shutter half way, lock focus and take the picture?

Well because your subject, whatever it may be is moving, so as soon as you lock focus in AF-S/One shot mode chances are it will move out of the focus area from where the initial focus lock was achieved and you will end up with an out of focus(OOF) image. This is where AF-C/ AI Servo focus mode comes into play. When in this mode, when you press the shutter halfway and are focused on your subject and as long as you keep the shutter pressed halfway the camera is constantly focusing on your subject. If you keep pressing and keep your focus point on your subject the camera will continue to adjust focus no matter if it is moving away or toward you. Only when you stop pressing the shutter halfway will the focus stop.

Now pressing the shutter button halfway and keeping it halfway can be a pain from time to time but there is another way to focus without having to do that. It is called Back(rear) button focus and it works awesome. Psst we teach how to set and use that in the workshop.

Another thing that works hand in hand with continuous auto-focus are the focus area modes/ points which you guessed it, we go over it in the workshop as well!

Now I know your itching to get your DSLR into continuous auto-focus to try it out. It varies from camera to camera and I would suggest you look it up in your manual on how to set it or contact us at Omnilargess and we will help you out. Having said that lets at least try and get you started.

For you Canon shooters find your button with af beside it,press it then use the small scroll wheel to cycle through the focus modes.

AI Servo Mode in Canon cameras

AI Servo Mode in Canon cameras

For you Nikon shooters it is a little different because you actually have a switch/lever. It varies from camera to camera but it is usually on the front lower left side of camera body. ** Newer bodies have an AF/M lever. Switch lever to AF and press the button in the middle of the lever and use the scroll wheel to select AF-C**

AF Continuos in Nikon Camera

AF Continuos in Nikon Camera

Hope that was not to confusing. Have any questions feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help you out. Hope to see some of you in the next workshop.



HighMark Adventures

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Last quick tip

One last quick tip from Shawn before the big class tonight!

Introduction to Sports Photography Tip #2

Ok guys and girls, today is our Sports Photography Workshop. With all this beautiful sunshine going on out there this Fall, I know you’re out there shooting your kids doing all kinds of fun stuff.

Here is another quick tip when shooting sports or sports portraits: when shooting, think about your perspective. We see everything all day, every day, at eye level; so, seeing images shot at eye level are OK, but nothing special – no matter how good they might be. This because we are so accustomed to seeing things this way, that it doesn’t wow us. Changing your perspective will give the viewer something different than the norm. One example is to get low when shooting. It will give your subject that larger than life look and that feeling of power. Don`t take my word for it; watch a basketball game or football game and pay attention to the photographers. They are either  kneeling or sitting most of the time.

Below are a couple examples of what I mean. My son was nice enough to help me out on this beautiful but chilly morning here in October.

Eye level shot

Eye level shot

1/1250  f2.8  iso 400@ 39mm

The above image was taken at eye level. Nothing wrong with the image, and there is even kind of a cool play going on with the shadow on the rock, but bedsides that – it is just an ok image. A snapshot.

The image below is shot with the exact same settings and location but this time I was lying on my belly. Now in this image, he looks bigger, and it gives the feel that he is actually jumping higher than he really is. (And yes he felt the need to stick his tongue out and be a goof)

Low level shot

Low level shot

So, as you can see, it is the same image, same location, and same settings, but two very different feels to the images. Which one do you prefer? Photography is very subjective, as is any art form, but by changing up your perspective from time to time, you will give your images a different look and feel. This way, you can begin to take your sport photography from average to amazing! Who knew?

Have a great day, and hope to see you all tonight!

Shawn Hamilton

Sport Photography workshop

October 21, 2013 – October 21, 2013

2582 Mt Lehman Road #1

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Sport Photography Techniques Workshop

Sport Photography Techniques workshop is all about Action Shots (indoors or outdoors sports). You will learn how to set the camera, meter light, and capture the shot.


This is a beginner to advanced workshop developed for DSLR or Mirrorless cameras.

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