One of the most challenging genres is sports photography. To capture some colorful and brilliant imagery, you need to be on top of your game. Usually, in the blink of an eye the action is often over!
Now that you’re prepared to capture stunning sports photos, look for a good position that gives you a view free from distracting backgrounds and apply these surefire tips for shooting high-speed sports action.
1. Use a High speed Camera
Note that high-speed cameras have very high frame rates. They are able to capture 250 frames per second. With that, you can’t miss your fast-moving player. Besides, with a high-speed camera you’re capable of making very smooth slow motion videos due to their high frame rate.
2. Use Auto ISO
Typically manual ISO setting may make sense; however, auto ISO is handy in high-speed sports action. Due to the subject’s motion, there might be minimal changes in lighting. And to maintain the same shutter speed, auto ISO detects such changes and automatically adjusts the sensitivity accordingly.
3. Back-button Focusing
Most photographers recommend using the AF-On button (continuous AF mode) to acquire the right focus instead of half-pressing the shutter button. Wondering why this setup is vital? It keeps the camera’s focus locked on the moving subject. In addition to that, it allows your camera to adjust focus as it follows your subject.
4. Keep Panning
One great way to shoot high-speed action is freezing the action; however, panning is the pretty way to introduce a sense of movement to your shots.
To pan, move your camera at the same rate as the moving subject. However, be smooth with your movement. An increase or decrease in shutter speed may be an ingredient to finding the perfect pace for the subject. It may take a little practice though it is a sure way to striking results.
5. Do not Chimp
Look: The moment you take your eyes off the action to check every photo on the LCD, you may easily miss a good shot. For example, if you chimp when shooting football, you can be run over on the sideline. The right advice here is to stay focused and keep shooting.
Hopefully, you found these tips worth exploring. If you passionately incorporate them in your art, anytime soon you’ll be on top of your game. However, like any other art or life endeavor out there, you can only be better if you put in a lot of effort. Accordingly, you may have to keep practicing for a better experience in shooting high-speed sports action.