Top 7 Essential Sports Photography Tips for Beginners

Essential Sports Photography Tips for BeginnersA great extent of a profession and even hobbyist photography had been termed as ‘sports photography’ for ages. Although it’s an art of century-long heritage, in 2019, it’s nothing like what it was even 10-15 years ago. However, if you’re a photography-enthusiast and want to hone up your skills in sports photography, you’re at the right place. We’ve listed down 10 of the most actionable sports photography tips, to begin with.

We’ve listed tips that are for beginners and intermediate level photographers. If you’re one likely, stop whatever you’re doing, go through the tips below, take notes and get in action.

Let’s begin-

1. Pre-determine The Shooting Moments

Sports is full of actions, but it’s not always when the acions take place. In almost all of the sports, certain moments contain all the actions and temperament and actions. As a sports photographer, you need to pre-determine the positions and moments and wait for the subject to be on that.

2. Be Fast With the Shutter Speed

Often, sports photography needs to freeze actions, moments and emotions. In order to do that, you need to customize your camera into a fast shutter sheep.

The regular shutter speed for sports photography should be around 1/500s to 1/2000s. The rule of thumb is to increase shutter speed proportionally to the speed of the subject is moving. So fast sports like horseriding, football etc. needs faster speeds than sports like golf, table tennis, handball etc.

3. Be Smart With Magnification

There are many forms of sports where the photographer has to be at a distant and shoot. For those sports, the photographer needs to be equipped with a telephoto lens.

Telephoto lens costs around two hundred bucks these days. A model with 55-200mm f/4-5.6 would be good to go. Make sure it also ensures proper flexibility with the shots.

4. Be Watchful About The ISO

You know, when it comes to sports photography, ISO plays a very important role. In fact, three of the main controls in this genre of photography are- ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

The determining factors of what ISO you need are- the location, time of the day and the condition of the sports event. If it’s a sunny daytime, an ISO of 400 would be fine. If the day is a dull, gloomy day, you may stick to 500-700. And if it’s night and there is not so much light, the ideal ISO of sports photography should be around 800-1200.

5. Don’t Go with Full Automatic Mood

For beginners in sports photography, this is one major mistake that we’ve seen on a frequent basis.

In each SLR cameras, there is a mode called ‘sports’ or ‘action’, which is fully automatic. If you’ve chosen this mode to capture, you can never get the best out of it.

Take your sports photography skills to next level by mastering on how to deal with manual mood

6. Take Tons of Photos

When it comes to sports photography, you need to take hundreds of captures to get one or two right moments. No matter it’s happening sports like soccer, or slow-paced sports like golf, don’t be a miser with the number of photos to be taken.

7. Be Respectful with The Stuff, Coaching Stuff and Athletes

It’s quite embarrassing to watch some of the unexpected incidents to take place between photographers/journalists and sportsmen. If you’re likely to be a sports photographer, that’s a 101 for you.