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How to take better photos of sports events – some tips and techniques

Tip 506 (Learn about permissions): In some sports events, you can take photos for personal use, but taking photos for any sort of commercial activities may be restricted. Find out about the relevant permissions before you decide on getting your best gear out for taking photos of sports events.

Tip 507 (Getting into position): There is no getting around this. If you are closer to the action, like being in the front seats of a basketball game versus being somewhere back there in the crowd, then the changes are higher of getting some great photos.

Tip 508 (Look for passes to get closer): Do a bit of research and find out how easy is it to get passes for sporting activities to enable you to get closer to the action. You may find somebody who is able to get a pass and able to legitimately hand over the pass to you.

Tip 509 (Learn about the sport): Suppose you are shooting a fast paced football game, you should have some ability to predict what the next course of action would be. If you don’t know much football, you will miss the interception of the ball when thrown or kicked; on the other hand, if you have past knowledge of the game, in a lot of cases, your camera can be ahead of the activity, all in position to capture some great shots.

Tip 510 (Visualise the shot before taking it): You should have an idea of what you want the shots to be like. As a part of that, you should be able to predict what the other elements in the photo should be before taking the photo. This helps you in avoiding photos where the action is somewhat lost because of a busy or distracting background.

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