Easy Ways to Improve Your Sports Photography (part 1)

3. Stop Chimping (at the Wrong Time)

According to Wikipedia, chimping is “A colloquial term used in digital photography to describe the habit of checking every photo on the camera display immediately after capture.”

There is nothing inherently wrong with chimping, but there are so many things in life, especially in sports. Certainly, you don’t want to chimp in the middle of the action, and you don’t want to chimp immediately following a stop in action (breaks in a game are suitable moments to find some of those shots). You always want to be really ready to catch the unexpected; even if you have got some wonderful shots of a play, wait for the right moments to check your photos. If not, your own excitement will rob yourself an even better shot than the one you’re gawking at on your camera.

Chimping is necessary, for example, to cover an event for a publication. It’s essential but should be done with careful discretion.

4. Be Critical

Your photo may suck, then chances are that perhaps it’s not a great photo. The sooner you realize and accept that you have the ability to take crappy photos, the sooner you should start to find out why the photos you take are crappy and practice to take really good photos. You can’t improve on your mistakes if you don’t acknowledge them, and you don’t correct your flaws accidentally. Be brutal with yourself and find someone who is better and more experienced than you to make comments for your photos, then listen to them.

5. It’s Almost Always About the Face

Faces are one of the most important things in taking sports images. Faces personalize the images and connect the viewers to the moment. Certainly, there are photos which can capture the powerful moment without the face in them but I’m sure that the photographers who shot those photos must have preferred a shot which showed the face.

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