Easy Ways to Improve Your Sports Photography (part 1)

There are some tips and the easiest ways to help you improve your sports photography skill. Read on for these suggestions to become a better shooter.

1. Learn the Sport

Firstly, you should really learn the sport because a big part of sports photography is capturing anticipating actions. In order to get a great shot of a match, you have to be as ready for it as the players themselves. You need to have an instinctive understanding of the sport to shoot it well. Shooting football? You must know where the teams are on the field, understand how they line up, and choose the most perfect position for yourself to take advantage of that.

Tennis, golf, soccer, hockey, racing, fighting: it’s all the same. Learning about the sport will help to provide a big lift for your images. It also allows you to nail a shot with a single frame without spraying and praying.

2. Back-Button Focus

If you bought a new camera, chances are set up to initiate autofocus certainly by half-pressing the shutter button. This is all well, and many great photographers succeed with the default setting. However, here’s a little secret: there’s a better way! Have you heard of back-button focusing? Most high-end cameras have an “AF-ON” button on the back, around where your thumb would normally rest. If your cameras don’t have that button, you should go into your camera’s custom settings, then enable whatever button which is back there as the button to initiate autofocus.

Why would you want to do this? There are some good benefits. Half-pressing the shutter when shooting sports, photojournalism, action, etc… can usually lead to triggering your shutter accidentally when you don’t mean to. This is an annoying experience. Meanwhile, moving focus control to the back button makes sure that you will only take photos when you want to. A single button under your thumb when shooting sports will help to avoid this. Separating the two most important functions of your camera (focusing and exposing) helps to minimize the mistakes when you don’t have much time.

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