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Taking great photographs of a hockey game




Tip 581 (Define a place from where to shoot early): In ice hockey games, there are several considerations with respect to a location. There is a thick glass around the playing area, and there are safety nets. You should identify a place where such considerations are minimized (such as reflections from the glass) and if possible, get a place on the bench area (may be possible for lower importance games).

Tip 582 (Burst speed for camera should be high): Among all games, if you leave aside games such as motor racing, hockey can have one of the quickest actions and bursts of speed, and you need a camera that can quickly take multiple shots so as to capture the required photos in quick succession.

Tip 583 (Fast shutter speeds): As in the previous tip, you need to be able to shoot pretty quickly, with shutter speeds of 1/500 being required for capturing the action. Make sure that you have a camera that can shoot at such and faster speeds, which includes having a lens that can handle such exposure levels.

Tip 584 (Use a telephoto lens): You will need a lens with a good zoom, starting with around 200 mm, and going higher to 300 or 400mm levels. The lens needs to be a fast lens, with a wide aperture to handle having photos with a great exposure.

Tip 585 (Use narrow apertures where possible): In the previous tips, it was mentioned having a lens with wide aperture. However, at the same time, it is also required to use narrower apertures where possible since that brings the depth of field point into view (a narrower aperture means that the depth of field is higher and you get more objects into focus).

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