Mary Smith Images | Tips to bring out the Olympian in all of us when capturing Sporting Moments on Camera

Tips to bring out the Olympian in all of us when capturing Sporting Moments on Camera

August 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

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Sport can be some of the more difficult moments to capture on camera, but it's not impossible for amateurs if they think about what will happen next.

Possibly the biggest mistake people make when it comes to sports photography is ripping out their smart phone and simply snapping away, without preparation and forethought of what is going to happen next.

The photos end up being forgotten on smart phones instead of being plastered on walls at home to admire everyday.  It is all about quality versus quantity and putting in a little bit of planning and thinking ahead can make all the difference and result in a professional looking photo.

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I have seen memories of really important sporting moments ruined because the person behind the camera has not done their homework and anticipated the next movement.

Whether it is a cut off arm or head, wrong angle or not drawing the eye into the photo and creating interest, these can all take the edge off the impact of the moment.

A little forward planning can produce quality, professional style photographs that you will want to give pride of place on your wall or in your portfolio.

People wanting to capture memorable moments in Sports will benefit from the following:

  • Familiarity with the Sport:  Some knowledge of the sport will give the photographer the ability to anticipate the next movement and be ready to capture it
  • Resolution of the Image:  Using the highest resolution available on your device will produce a better quality image and also allow more flexibility with enlarging and cropping the image
  • Light:  As many sports are outdoors, the photographer will need to work with the available natural light.  Remember not to shoot into direct sunlight or the subject will become a silhouette
  • Shutter Speed:  To avoid blurry images it is important to use a suitable shutter speed.  If using a smart phone there are DSLR apps available that will allow you to adjust these settings
  • Back Up:  Never underestimate the importance of backing up images, even the ones taken on a smart phone

For quality images it is preferable to use a Digital SLR camera over a point-and-shoot style camera or a smart phone.

Athletes and sporting bodies looking for quality portfolio images can contact us at www.marysmithimages.com/contact

Enjoy the outdoors over the weekend and try out these tips.  I would love to hear how you go, and above all: Have Fun!

Mary


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