Welcome to my series on how to shoot sports. I hope that you'll find some information here that will help you either get started or improve your sports photography. While my focus is on soccer (and women's soccer specifically), you should be able to apply most of this information to whatever sports you shoot. With some practice and knowledge, you should definitely be able to improve your photography game and get some great results.
What's So Hard About Shooting Sports?
Every photographer wants photos that are in focus, with good exposure, and that show something interesting. Sports photographers have to get that while the subject is moving unpredictably (often with others around doing different movements), under challenging lighting situations, all while trying to get a perfect moment that goes by before you can think to press the shutter button. A lot of this can be solved with proper equipment, some basic knowledge, and time and effort. And some of it is just blind luck to be honest. This blog will hopefully help you with all but the last.
Why Listen to Me
Well, to be honest, I'm not an expert. In fact, as of the time of this writing (January 2017), I've only been seriously shooting sports for about 9 months. But in that time I've gone from someone who didn't know anything about sports photography to someone who is shooting photographs for two online women's soccer sites (Follow Your Spirit and Backline Soccer). So I guess I am doing something right.
In that time I've learned a TON (from both my successes and my failures) and it's all still pretty fresh in my mind. My hope is that by being able to tell you what I've learned, hopefully in a way that a newer photographer can understand, you can also take your photography to a new level that makes it more enjoyable and fulfilling.
What I'm Going to Cover
I'm going to go over everything I can think of to help you learn about photography in general and sports photography specifically. I'll be covering equipment (including some recommendations), all those scary settings to get you away from Auto mode, what to do the day of the game, how to edit and share your photos, and where to go to get more education. As I learn more I'll hopefully add to this list and add additional information to each topic, too.
Check out the How-To Contents for a full list of current and upcoming topics.
Let Me Know What You Think
Please let me know what you think in the comments on each page or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Twitter (@kpiperphotos). I especially want to hear from you if you have any constructive criticism or ideas for additional content.
Last updated 19 January 2017