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Getting some great photographs of soccer games – Photo tips to improve your techniques

Tip 791 (One place to be, behind the net and a bit to the side): If you are not able to move much during the game, then the one place to be would be behind one of the goals, but a bit to the side, so that you are not totally trapped by the net, and at the same time, are able to get a good photo of the action taking place near one of the nets.

Tip 792 (Using a camera with a low noise at high ISO): If you have the liberty of selecting a camera, then select a camera that enables good photos with low noise even at high ISO’s. In a fact paced game, you need to get fast shutter speeds, and thus need to have high ISO’s to ensure enough light levels in your photos (getting the proper exposure).

Tip 793 (The one lens): If you have a DSLR, but can only carry one lens, then it is a tough choice. You do need to get a good zoom, so maybe a lens like the Canon 70-300 will do good for you (this is considering that you are not actually on the side of the field, in which case a lens such as the 18-200 would work, but it does have some issues at the wide end).

Tip 794 (Apertures for your lens): Again, if you have the choice of what you equipment you should carry, then consider the use of a fast lens, with an aperture of f2.8 or even larger (mind, these can be expensive and heavy to carry around). However, given the need for a fast shutter speed, the more aperture you can get to balance exposure, the better.

Tip 795 (Shutter speeds); You should be comfortable with the idea that you will need a high shutter speed to capture the action. Consider the use of a shutter speed such as 1/250 or faster; on the other hand, if you want to capture more static positions or slower movement, such as when a player is arguing with a referee, then you can balance your own shutter speed (shutter speed need not be very fast).

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

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