By Dylan Schmidt
Sports photography is, obviously, photography taken at sporting events. Because of the nature of sports, sports photography is all about moments. Capturing actions at their peak moments comes and goes in seconds makes sports photography one of the hardest forms of photography.
To be a good sports photographer, the two things most important is timing and closeness. Timing is essential for capturing the peak moment, while closeness is important to getting as near the action as possible, as well as finding an unobstructed view of the action. You don’t want to be there for the action, but be blocked by fans or other players. On the other side, you don’t want to be near the action but miss the peak moment by seconds or fractions of seconds.
To get the timing down, many sports photographers recommend focusing on the ball or puck. That is mainly where the action in the game will take place; if you have a clear view of the ball or puck in action, the players will obviously gather to it, meaning you have a better chance of catching a moment than by having your gaze wander over the field.
What drew me to sports photography was the skill required to be good at it. You have to be a master of timing to get anything worth shooting. You also need to know practically everything about the sport you’re shooting so you know where and when the action is coming from at any given moment. I think that sports photography is one of the hardest forms of photography to be good at because of the tenseness of the shoot. You can have a good idea of where and when the moment you want to capture is going to happen, but you can never be 100% sure of exactly what you want to shoot.
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