I have been shooting unofficially for the Vancouver Cougars Australian Football Club for their past season but was asked to shoot officially for their first game of the season this past Saturday. With my new 24-70mm lens in hand, I was excited to capture their first win of the season.
Since I was taking some sports photography this week I thought it would be a fun and challenging theme for week 16
Here are some tips for the week:
~ use shutter priority – I usually aim for a fast shutter speed as a fast shutter speed is essential to freeze motion. For the photos I shot below I shot them at 1/1000 of a second. However, if you are shooting for example racing cars perhaps use a slow shutter speed such as 1/100 of a second or 1/80 of a second
~ long glass goes a long way – I shot all of these with a 24-70mm lens, ideally a 70-200mm lens would be best. Most kits come with a 55-200mm so try that lens for sports photography. If you don’t have a zoom lens or a fast lens shoot at a wide angle
~ set your ISO to the lowest usable ISO setting to obtain a fast enough shutter speed to freeze motion
~ use continuous burst mode – I tend to use this setting alot as it allows me to capture movement in a series of motions