Love sports and want to learn how to make great sport event photographs to keep or share the memories?
Here are a few tips on photographing sports which will help you make those perfect snaps next time you are watching a match, race or game.
Switch to manual mode
This will allow you to fine-tune and change the settings of your camera and enable you to capture great photos of the sports event.
Fast shutter speed
Switch to a fast shutter speed, so that you can take sharp action shots without all that annoying blurring from the fast motion of the athletes. Start with a 1/500 second setting, and if you continue getting blurred images increase the shutter speed until you get the desired effect.
Choose a wider aperture
Start with an aperture of f/5.6 and widen it to get the best effect.
Increase the ISO
This can cause the images to be noisier but it is a better option for editing than blurry ones. The ISO needs to be increased to 400 minimum, and if necessary increase it to as high as it can go to get properly exposed images of the sports event.
Fiddle with the focus
Use manual focusing as autofocus takes more time for capturing an image, which in sports photography means everything. Keep changing the focus as you wait for the perfect moment and shoot.
Use continuous mode
Continuous mode will allow you to capture a number of images at once, and this will increase the likelihood of getting the perfect shot during a fast-paced game or race.
Toggle the white balance
If you switch to tungsten or fluorescent you can avoid any ugly tints in your shots if you are shooting indoors. For outdoor events, you can use your automatic mode for white balance.
Turn the flash off altogether when shooting a sports event. It can cause your photos to appear two dimensional and most of all it can distract the athletes or players as well.
Stay out of the box and keep taking shots of the event even when the players are warming up, taking breaks or timeouts or after the event is over. You can still get capture some incredible shots of the player, coaches, the wonderful team spirit, the exalted audience and the event altogether.