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

Tip 541 (Select the equipment per type of sports): If you have the budget, then consider the need to have different equipment depending on the type of sport. If you consider a sports such as bowling, you have a good vantage position, you don’t have too many sharp movements, and so on, you can use a much wider lens. On the other hand, if you are considering a fast moving game such as professional basketball or soccer with a much larger field of movement, you will need a zoom lens that is fast. Consider these options before you go in for the type of equipment.

Tip 542 (Try and get front row seats): You have a good zoom camera, but still need to be in position. Consider when you are shooting a major event such as a home row, or near the end of a close basketball game, everybody will be either standing up, or on the edge of their seats; in such cases, it is very hard to get enough clear space to get a good photo.

Tip 543 (Don’t give up on a boring game): Sports being unpredictable, anything can happen in a game. Even when the game looks very boring, some sudden twist can happen in the game, and makes a lot of fun to capture such twists. So, show some patience, and wait to get something interesting happen in the game.

Tip 544 (Read all the rules before starting): Some sports events have restrictions about when to photograph, and the use of flashes in the photo. For example, during gymnastics events, using flashes when somebody is going to perform is severely limited, and can get you kicked out from the event.

Tip 545 (Modern digital cameras and high ISO): Modern high end cameras such as the Nikon D3 and the Nikon D3X are very good at low light conditions, and you can use very high ISO levels without worrying about a high level of noise that used to happen with other cameras. This is very useful when light conditions are very low.

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