This is the first part of the series on Sports Photography.
Sports photography, and photography in general, have become a passion. My first Nikon DSLR was the venerable D300 with the 70-300mm/f4.5-5.6 G-AFS ED IF VR lens purchased in September 2008. I eagerly learned everything I could about the camera’s capabilities and couldn’t wait to try my hand. You see, I was driven by the opportunity to photograph my sons whom had just begun to embark in participation with their Middle and High School teams.
Sports photography refers to the genre of photography that covers all types of sports. For this article, I hope to share my experiences with field sports (football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, and softball); indoor sports (basketball, swimming, wrestling, volleyball); motor sports (in this instance drag racing); and horse racing. By no means am I an expert in any one (as my photos will attest, continued practice is warranted.) Rather, I have experienced each and hope to relay guidelines for those that are interested in trying their hand with one. For additional insights, I highly recommend joining or viewing the Sports Forum. You will be exposed to many other perspectives and have access to additional information that will deepen your knowledge.
When learning about a subject, I tend to want to know details, considerations, or pieces of information which to some may seem as unimportant matters. Did you know, professional sports photography is a branch of photojournalism, while amateur sports photography, such as photographing your children or grandchildren playing a sport is a branch of vernacular photography? As my entre’ into photography falls into the latter branch (equipment investment needed to become a professional sports photographer is substantial), it is with vernacular photography in mind that I write this article.
For the record, professional sports photography’s main application is for editorial purposes. Dedicated sports photographers work for newspapers, sports magazines, major wire agencies, or professional sport teams. Sports photography is also used for advertising purposes both to build a brand and as well as to promote sport in a way that cannot be accomplished by other means.
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