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How to take better photos of sports events – some tips and techniques (contd ..)

Tip 531 (Check for light on the face): Even in earlier tips, we had talked about being able to capture the emotions that is typically shown on the faces of sports-persons, but there is another variable in this whole picture. You should verify whether the lighting conditions are such that light is properly falling on the faces of the athletes and you need to have planned this out before-hand, else you will get a case where you are capturing the sports-person in silhouette. Bad lighting conditions on a face can otherwise ruin a perfectly good photo.

Tip 532 (No distracting backgrounds please): Often, in modern sporting events, there will be a number of brightly colored objects; it could be the orange or yellow jacket worn by an official or by a referee, it could be the sight of accompanying vehicles on the road during a marathon, or other such cases. In such cases, this background can be very distracting, and needs to be avoided.

Tip 533 (Use software for post-processing): In many cases, you are not in control of the overall situation, where the lighting conditions at a sporting event are not so great, or there are many distractions that will come in the photo. What can you do in such a situation ? Well, fear not, Photoshop (or any other comparable software) is your friend. Use the software to do the cleaning up or enhancing of the photo that you need to do.

Tip 534 (Understand the sport): If you understand the sport, you will have a much better chance of when the most exciting event could happen, as for example, if you followed a certain Formula 1 racer, you will be able to predict with a greater accuracy, the time when the racer will break away from the pack, and be ready to capture the shot.

Tip 535 (Keep a strategy before going to a game): Shooting a game such as football or rugby or basketball can be tricky, since either the field is too large, or the action happens very quickly. If you just move your camera from one place to another, there is no guarantee that you will get a good shot. However, if you decide to focus on a star player, or near one hoop, while keeping an eye out for other places, you will get some good shots.

Book: Digital Sports Photography (Paperback) (by G. Newman Lowrance)

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