There is no stable or steady routine for sports photography. Each game has its own highlights, goals and peak moments. You need to be fully focused and pay complete attention to each single detail in the game. Losing your concentration might cost you the top shot of the game.
Proper knowledge about the sport you are trying to shoot will definitely help your career. Each sport has its own special nature, positions and highlights. You shouldn’t go to shoot a game without knowing at least the basics about that nature. Research and knowledge will help you predict the right moments for the best photos.
Automatic mode is not the best options
Many sports photographers believe that automatic mode will make amazing photos. This is not always true, especially in sports events. Using the same camera settings for each game will negatively affect the quality of the shots. Manual settings will work best with the light and other special conditions in each game.
Don’t leave once hear the whistle
For a sports photographer the game is not over once the referee blows the whistle. There are many eye-catching shots that happen right after the end of the game for example, players’ celebrations and audience reactions to game result. If you leave after the whistle, you will miss those important moments.
Wear your vest
Your vest can make your shooting mission a lot easier. It will let people know that you are a man on a mission. They will make a room for you to take your shots. Your vest will make other people stop bothering you and will leave you focus on your game. The official vest also will make players look at you to capture them in the action.
Follow the ball
If you are covering a ball game, you should follow the ball’s direction. This direction will lead you to the real action and thrill of the game. On the field, players will be competing on taking the ball. They will do whatever they can to snatch and keep it. You don’t want to miss that moment.
Don’t ignore faces
The ball is important, but faces’ reactions are priceless. Let your camera capture the faces of coaches, audience or even players yelling at each other. Those shots are extremely preferable and popular.
Adjust your ISO
ISO is an important factor for taking the ideal shot. Adjusting the ISO manually depends on the time of the day, light and weather condition. Low ISO is suitable for sunny days or strong lights.