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Sports Photography – Part 2: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer

Robert Zanzalari (zanz34)

Keywords: sports_photography, zanz34, football, basketball, baseball, soccer

This is the second part of the series on Sports Photography.

Shooting Locations: Behind the play to capture pass completions or a defensive interception with the receiver’s face toward you, in anticipation of a defensive sack of the quarterback, a tackle for a loss, or a blocked punt; 10-yards in front of the play to capture pulling lineman and running backs; on the Goal Line or behind the end zone to capture the scoring play.

Shutter Speed Range: 1/640 to 1/800 day or night.

Tip(s):  Shoot from the home team side to avoid having to compete with the down and distance marker crew.  Most teams run plays to the center and wide-side (generally to their right). Teams are required to stand between the 30-yard lines so look take up locations from the 30-yard line to the goal line.

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Roy Thomas Estridge (tommyest) on February 12, 2020

Also, the leading official will be on the left hand side of the basket, so he won't be getting in your way.

Larry K Whittaker (farwest) on October 25, 2019

I understand what your saying about home side and down markers but lighting trumps that if the sun is setting to the back of the home team after the sun is down I will change back over to the home side. Thanks I appreciate your insights.

Alan Dooley (ajdooley) on October 23, 2019

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This confirms a lot of what I do for a local weekly newspaper, although I appreciate the reminder about right handed basketball players. The season is upcoming and I'll try to remember that. Thanks for a thoughtful series!