One of the first surprises a sports photographer discovers is that a sports photograph is more than just capturing the shot. It’s the fact that all editorial sports photographers (ones that take photos for newspapers, wire services and image web sits) need to write captions for every photograph they submit. So, this blog post is […]Read more "Syd: Write words to make better pictures"
One of the key differences between an amateur photographer’s sports photos and a professional’s is not what’s in the photo, it’s what’s NOT in the photo. In other words, it’s not the moment of action that was caught by the photographer, it’s catching the action with nothing else in the image. Often, this means capturing […]Read more "Syd: Clean backgrounds"
In part 2 of my How to Practise series, I’m going to give you a framework for practising focusing a moving subject. Examples of moving subjects are a runner, a moving car, and a model on a cat walk. In Part 1 where you learnt about focusing a static object and going as slow a […]Read more "Syd: How to practise – Part 2: Tracking a moving subject"
In part 1 of my How to Practise series, I’m going to give you a framework for practising focusing. Ryu wrote about having a “keeper rate” of 2-6% when he shoots an event. 20 odd images from 600-900. When I started shooting sports I had a keeper rate of about 100%. I never discarded any […]Read more "Syd: How to practise – Part 1: Focusing"
Shooting motorsport is about searching for variety. When you have 100 of the best photographers around the world shooting a race it never ceases to amaze me at the new angles, lighting and images that appear at every event. Sure, there are classic shots like the overhead images of cars racing beside the seaside at […]Read more "Syd: Work on variety"
This week I’ve made a short (1 min) video on the whole process of shooting a game of football/soccer. The match was a round 2 AFC game in Melbourne. Typically, most photographers would arrive at least 60 minutes before kick-off. This gives time to setup remote cameras behind the goal, take some pre-match photos if […]Read more "Syd: Behind the scenes – shooting football"
Sports photography is about taking photos of sports players. Sometimes it’s not even when the players are competing in their sport. In fact, building a business in sports photography usually means taking photos of teams in sports clubs. These team photos can be the foundation of a very healthy photography business. Just do the math. […]Read more "Syd: Sports photography is more than just action shots"