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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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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.

Thanks

Shawn

HighMark Adventures

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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

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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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Introduction to Sports Photography

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

The Sports Photography workshop is right around the the corner! Don’t let the “intermediate 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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