Like concert photography, sports photography requires you to be quick and constantly watching all the action so you don’t miss that perfect shot. Be prepared to use high ISO on Canon SLR cameras. Raising the ISO will let you shoot at a higher shutter speed which increases your odds at capturing a great shot. Professionals will use a shutter speed around 1/1000 of a second. Put your ISO anywhere from 1600 to its highest level.
In professional sports and college sports, flash is strictly prohibited. It’s a big distraction to players and most schools have powerful indoor lighting. When shooting outdoors, never use on-camera flash either. Good interchangeable lenses will go a long way in sports photography. Try a long lens, like a 300mm or a 400mm and one that has an f/stop of f/2.8. You’ll also want one with a built-in tripod mount for the times you’re not running around the stadium.
Never take your eyes off the action. Don’t check every single shot you take in the LCD. Not only will you miss good shots, you might get tackled on the sideline or smacked in the head with a baseball. Lastly, don’t forget to include your surroundings. Taking pictures of the players is great, but the audience who’s there is equally important.
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