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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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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

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Sport Photography workshop Fraser Valley

Sport Photography workshop October 21

We are going to have our sport Photography workshop on October 21. This workshop is not just about taking pictures of pro games, it is about understanding how to capture action shots.

Phillip Andrews is one of the renown sport photography and here is what he says about sport photography:

“A lot of photographers shy away from shooting action or sports photography because they say they don’t have the equipment needed to make great action photographs.

In some respects this is true. Great sports photography can take a lot of skill and good equipment to produce, but this shouldn’t be a barrier keeping new photographers, or the occasional action shooter, from trying their hand.

Photography should be an enjoyable and memorable activity and nothing could be more so than spending the afternoon shooting a local village football match, or the kids on the carousel on Brighton beach.

And to capture great images from these activities you will need some of the skills of the sports photographer.

In fact, I believe that shooting action or sports events will help develop a range of skills that might be missed if the photographer avoided the area. Timing, thinking ahead, seeing and working seamlessly with your equipment are all skills that can be learnt while ‘having a go’ at shooting action or sports photography.”

As he mentions sport photography can open your eyes to a new world of photography. On October 21 we are going to have our first Sport Photography workshop. Come and join us to learn these simple yet effective techniques.

Now let’s look at some everyday examples that you can use these new skills.

This image is a good example of not paying attention to your camera settings

Slow shutter speed and bad focusing

Slow shutter speed and bad focusing

In above photo the shutter speed was too slow and focus is in the background not the subject.

In this photo you can see the subject is in focus as well as the shutter speed was fast enough to create a sharp picture:

right focusing technique and shutter speed

right focusing technique and shutter speed

Another important tip in Sport photography is telling the story. In these photos you can see the story of the day;

story

story2

good2

 

Register for Sport photography workshop and learn more about your photography gear and skills that will help you capturing amazing photos.

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Ted and Omnilargess Team 

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Auto ISO Tips

Auto ISO, is it useful?

Almost all new DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have the Auto ISO setting. Is it really useful? Let’s talk about it.

You know that you can control exposure by using Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO. Usually you set the ISO and then select what shooting mode you want to use and then set the shutter speed and/or aperture to achieve the right exposure. When manufacturers introduced the AUTO ISO for the first time, many photographers didn’t like the idea of leaving it to the camera, to set the ISO. And I should say they were right!…to a degree.  Normally, you don’t want to shoot in high ISO, as your photos can get grainy (noisy); with new sensors you can easily shoot the images at 1600 ISO with unnoticeable noise!

So learning the power of Auto ISO will help you to shoot better images faster; with less fiddling around with shutter speed or aperture.

Here are some tips for you:

If you have a constant light (even contrast) and want to use a certain combination of shutter speed and aperture value, you should turn on Auto ISO.

For example: you are shooting a sporting event, and want to keep your shutter speed at 1/1000 and the aperture at f2.8. Auto ISO is your best assistant in this case. It maintains the shutter speed and aperture combination, regardless of whether your subject is in the shade, or in the light.

Another example: You take photos of children playing in a playground. If you shoot in manual mode and set the shutter speed and aperture, you don’t have to be worried about your exposure; the camera will set it right for you in Auto ISO, regardless if kids are playing in the shadow or the sunshine!

Do not use Auto ISO…

-If you shoot steady subjects (such as landscape, macro, or even portraits.) You want to control the Depth of Field.

-In Flash Photography, especially if you use off-camera flashes.

-If you are aiming for a long exposure, Auto ISO can drive you nuts! When you want to slow down your shutter speed, the Auto ISO will keep increasing the sensitivity to maintain the minimum safe shutter speed.

-If you want to create a very shallow Depth-Of-Field.

We cover Auto ISO in our Sport Photography workshop in detail.

That is all for now. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Ted and Omnilargess Team

 

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Sport Photography Tips

Sport Photography Tips

10 Simple tips that can help you with Sport Photography

Sport 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.

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 for a Sport 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 sport 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 sport photography.

 5- Always be prepared

From the packing to the click of the shutter. It means 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 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 , take a test shot before the action starts, if you need to in order to be sure your settings are correct, and then only check again during down times 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 Sport 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 field. We will discus this in our Sport Photography workshop in detail.

9- Add a Monopod to your gear

A monopod can be your best friend in Sport 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 Sport Photography more than to real estate! You have to be very careful about choosing your shooting spot for sport photography. We will discuss this in more detail later.

Stay tuned for more tips to come,

Buy your ticket here

Ted and Omnilargess Team

 

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