Improve your sports photography with these 7 pro tips
Whether you’re just starting out in sports photography or looking to take your shooting to the next level, it pays to listen to the pros.
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Dave Rogers has been shooting sport for 40 years, and has multiple World Cups and Olympic Games under his belt. We talked to him amid the action of the 2019 Rugby World Cup to get his best advice for aspiring sports photographers. Here are his seven tips for better results.
1.Fill the frame
There’s no point shooting ‘small images’ unless you really have to, so zoom in for more impact.
2.Watch out for distracting backgrounds
Nothing spoils a good picture more than a backdrop that’s fighting the subject.
3.Use a fast shutter speed
Most shots rely on freezing the action, so keep the speed up, even if it means using higher ISOs.
4.Do your research
If you’re shooting a sport you don’t know much about or haven’t covered before, learn what makes good shots of it and how to position yourself.
Image George Ford’s passionate try celebration
5.Don’t give up
Everyone makes mistakes, so persevere as much as you can. You’ll get better by learning from mistakes.
Look for any opportunity you can to improve your technique. Get involved with local sports clubs, and look at other photographers’ images.
You can’t learn in a vacuum, so get out there and exhibit your images or post them on social media.
Image Joe Cokanasiga’s tackle try
You can hear more from Dave and get a greater insight into the world of sports photography by reading our full interview in issue 71, available to read free and online now.