by Laurie Brice
... The graduation, field day, recital, tournament, championship season. Are your photography skills up to the challenge? No pressure but these are usually once in a lifetime events you don't want to miss.
Here are a few tips to consider before snapping those shots.
- The action is swift and usually far away. A good zoom lens can help to fill the frame. Something with a 200-300 mm number at the top end works very well. The "faster" the lens the better (f/2.8). If you don't have a large lens, try to get closer to the action. Frame with your feet. Move along the sideline. Safety first of course and be mindful not to disturb the game.
- Light is everything. To capture fast action you will need fast shutter speeds usually over 1/500 second. 1/1,000 of a second is better.
- Need more light? Crank up the ISO. Practice before the event so you know where the benefit of a higher ISO ends and the disadvantage of increased noise takes over for your camera.
- Is the sun in your eyes? Then the players will be in shadow as they face you. Find a better vantage point. Switch sides of the field. A polarizing or neutral density filter may help during harsh mid-day light if things are too bright.
- Your lens hood has a purpose. Keep it on your lens to reduce lens flare.
- Isolate your subject from busy backgrounds by using a large aperture (smaller number) to decrease depth of field.
- Make sure you capture action, eyes and expression. The back of a lacrosse helmet is not particularly engaging.
- Get low. Shooting up at the action dramatizes the action and apparent height of every leap.
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See you out there shooting!
Chris and Laurie
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