Love your photography! Do you have any tips or advice... I have been shooting my daughter and her team all season but I just got a new lens and looking for any tips. I have Canon Rebel t6i and I just added a Sigma 70-200 2.8. We have three more competitions this season and I am looking to improve each time. I think I am going to try 1/1000 at 2.8 and set the ISO to Manual to get suggestions to be a starting off place. We will be at a venue I have never been to before. Keep up the good work. Thanks in advance.
Thank you. That Sigma 70-200 will help you a lot. The limited focus points and the ISO of the T6i will be your biggest issue. I honestly don't remember if the t6i has back button focus or not but that is something that I would suggest to use. For most Cheer competitions the lighting isn't too bad during the performances (well here in Oklahoma that is). I would suggest using the 70-200 at 2.8 with a 1/1000 shutter and use the lowest ISO that you can get good exposure with. (I would say something like 5000 or 6400) I wouldn't push it past that on the t6i.
I have been shooting cheer for about 6-7 years and still feel that I need to get better each comp. Being the gym photog has given me somewhat better access than most parents get, I'm generally in front of them and at times can get dead center of the mat.
One big thing is don't stretch for those corners that are typically darker than the center. Let the action come to your side. If I am forced to one side or another, I will try to switch sides for the second day of the comp.