6. Step Away From the Crowd
If you have the ability to move around a sports venue, use it when taking sports photos. Find angles that no one else is shooting. Remember that whether you get high or low, nobody wants to see your point of view. All people know what the world looks like from a few feet off the ground. Some of the greatest sports photos of all time are famous shots by Neil Leifer of Ali vs. Williams. The overhead angle can tell the story of the fight better than anything ringside can. Remember not to underestimate what you can get from combining a wide or tight angle with an extremely low or extremely high angle.
7. Don’t Stop Once the Whistle Blows
Coaches always tell players to keep playing until they hear the whistle; well, you should keep going until the whistle blows and then some. That helps you get the moments which sometimes define the game more than any individual play, the moments of celebration and failure, players and coaches losing their minds. Don’t assume that a whistle means the game is over. The most compelling shots of runners of Cam Newton – the walking photo gallery after a touchdown – are almost after they have crossed the finish line. Therefore, make sure to always keep your camera ready and you will be able to catch some of your most compelling photos.
8. Shoot Tight, Crop Tighter
Tried and true wisdom from editors all over the world: Keep the action tight, and then crop even tighter. Draw the viewer into the action, lose distracting and extraneous elements. Let your photos play off the feeling that athletes are perceived much larger than life. Certainly, as with all rules, this one is made to be broken, however, it is a good rule to have in mind when you’re shooting and editing.