Discussion in 'Photojournalism & Sports Gallery' started by Dr. Tasso, May 16, 2008.
This was my first attempt at shooting sports, and this one was my best.
C & C is appreciated.
Sports require a bit of practice to refine technique and skills. Soccer, in particular is difficult because the action is spread out across a large pitch.
1) Wait for the action to fill your frame;
2) Use the longest lens you have in order to isolate the action (at night lens speed becomes a limiting factor);
3) Shoot wide open (or not far from wide open) in order to limit your DOF for additional isolation; and
4) For sports with an object use for scoring, generally you gotta have the object somewhere in the shot.
On your shot:
A) Horizon is tilted;
B) Crop tighter - either in camera (perferred) or in processing);
C) Ball too far away from player; and
D) Action is unimpressive (little kids are tough because they don't throw themselves into the game as emotionally and physically as older participants.
Some samples of soccer action:
I might be going to watch my friend play in their girls soccer league and wouldn't mind snapping pictures. The points above are good reminders of "to do's".
I agree with the ball being too far away. It makes the ball and the player two different subjects which are both competing for my eyes' attention. Other than that, I thought it wasn't bad. There are a few things like mentioned, but IMO the most important would be to get the ball closer to the player. But remember to keep shooting, cause you can always delete later and can never go back (its not a still life).
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