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Getting some great photographs of soccer games – Photo tips to improve your techniques (contd) ..

Tip 801 (Take lots of photos): Initially, after reviewing the photos I would take at occasions and events, I would be surprised and angry at how many of the photos would not come out well. Either the composition was wrong, or the photo was not sharp enough, or something similar. However, on speaking to other professionals, it became clear that only a fraction of the photos taken come out well enough to be used, and one of the benefits of digital is that you can take a huge number of photos. And for a fast paced game such as soccer, you should consider that a number of your photos will not come out right, and that is fine. Review the ones that you are discarding for what you could have done better, and you will end up learning from your mistakes.

Tip 802 (Using the Sports Scene / Setting): If you are doing this for fun, or have a point and shoot camera, then certainly use the sports setting / scene in your camera. This sets the shutter speed appropriately for capturing the fast action, and helps you in getting more such photos.

Tip 803 (Practise a lot for speed): You cannot just go for a match and start shooting all the action. This is going to be fast action, and you should be somewhat good in trying to capture such fast action. What can you do ? Shoot a lot more of action stuff such as your dog frisking around in the backyard, or fast moving vehicles on a freeway, anything that helps you with catching fast moving action.

Tip 804 (Getting the sun behind your back): if you have an option, then make sure that the sun is behind your back when you are shooting. This helps in ensuring that you are able to get the faces of the players clearly; if the sun is on the other side, then a lot of photos that you will get will not be able to capture the details of the faces.

Tip 805 (Keep in the ball in the frame): Unless you are getting a great shot of a player doing something great or stupid, always try and ensure that you have the football in your frame; this helps in keeping a proper context in the photos and makes them more interesting for other people.

Book: Talking Photography: Viewpoints on the Art, Craft and Business (by Frank Riper)

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