5 of the Best Sports Photography Tips and Techniques

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Think of all the sports shots you’ve seen in newspapers and magazines. These incredible photos take skill and precision– it’s more than being in the right place at the right time. Here are our sports photography tips and techniques so you can get that perfect shot at your next sporting event.

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Use These 5 Sports Photography Tips and Techniques

1. Pick the Players That Will Get the Best Shot

Do a little research before the game. Which players get the most action? These are the ones you want to go after! If you can’t do research before the game, take a few minutes to watch and learn. For example, at a basketball game, the ball constantly goes to the best player on the team. He or she will have the ball consistently, so you’re more likely to get a great shot if you follow that player.

2. Learn About the Sport

How much do you know about the sport you are going to photograph? You don’t need to know all the rules and regulations, but you at least need to know the point of the game and what the players are doing. If you know this, you can predict what will happen and what your next shot should be.

A simple example is a football game: you know that ball is going to be ran or thrown down the field by the quarterback, so you can either position yourself to get a shot of the QB or get ready down the field for when the ball makes it down.

3. Let Yourself Get Into the Flow

This is easier said than done, but once you get into the flow, you’ll be snapping photo after photo. Feel the flow of the game and start to predict what will happen next. Once you have become a part of the rhythm of the game, you’ll see opportunities as appear.

4. Get Your Settings Right

Don’t use automatic mode! Even though most cameras come with a setting like “Sport Mode,” you won’t get the crystal clear shots you’re looking for.

  • You’ll want to make sure that the shutter speed of your camera is at least 1/500th of a second to freeze movement.
  • If you’re using a typical DSLR, we recommend setting it to aperture priority mode. A large aperture will ensure that the most possible light is allowed in and will tell the camera that a fast shutter speed is needed for the correct exposure. 
  • Your ISO will depend on the conditions of the event you are photographing. For example, if the field is bright, a low ISO of 400 will do the trick. If the field is dark, you will need to increase your ISO to about the 800-1200 mark.

5. Keep Snapping!

There’s no such thing as too many photos when it comes to sports photography tips and techniques. It’s better to have too many photos than not enough! Because sports games go so quickly, you’re not going to get the perfect shot every time. However, the more photos you have, the more likely you are to get some good photos.

Time to Edit

After you photograph a game using these sports photography tips and techniques, you’ll probably have hundreds of photos. It would take hours to edit them all! Luckily, Perfectly Clear is here to help. Our software uses batch processing and automatic edits to save you from hours of editing. Just upload your photos and let Perfectly Clear do the rest!