Tips for Stunning Sports Photography

If you are someone looking into improving those skills in sports photography, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will be sharing here some tips to help you be on your way in capturing some stunning sports photography that can create much impact on to the viewer.

  1. Prepare to Use High ISO

Raising the ISO setting on your camera lets you to shoot at a higher shutter speed, giving you a better chance of getting that perfect shot, especially if it’s night and the lighting environment is not as bright and extensive as it naturally is during the day.

Depending on the camera, you may also want to use Auto ISO to allow your camera to automatically set the best ISO settings for you. One good thing about the auto system is that it doesn’t change your ISO at full steps but in little adjustments that would lessen the impact on the quality of the photos that would happen when adjusted in regular full steps. Consider this setting if you are just starting to use ISO settings for improved night shooting.

  1. Try Something Different

Every sports photo doesn’t have to look the same. Shooting in different angles allows you to better tell the story in a unique perspective. By doing so, you allow your creativity to flourish and capture something that everyone else had not done so yet.

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  1. Consider the Surroundings Too

This may seem like a no-brainer, but consider the surroundings too when you shoot. Take photos of the crowd watching the sports venue, the cheering fans shouting their hearts out or even the things going on at courtside. There is a story to be told even outside the playing field which helps form part of the greater of the game that you wish to tell.

  1. Be Prepared To Be Able To Get To Your Gear Quickly and Easily

Being a sports photographer entails you to be prepared at all times, especially considering the fact that things happen very fast in sports that you must have access to your gear quickly and easily. Thus, you have to use either a bag that organizes your gear neatly for you to easily any of them when needed or a special belt or vest so you can quickly reach for the gear you will need as the game progresses.

  1. Long Lenses Go a Long Way…Literally and Figuratively

Sports photography, unlike any other type of photography that pros like Emma Joy do, occasionally requires the biggest and most expensive equipment available. One of these types of equipment is the lens. And for sports, many photographers use long lenses to capture images anywhere around the stadium, including the end areas of the field, creating the perfect head on shot.

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Should you consider getting a long lens, try going for a 300mm or 400mm if you can afford it. If not, a 70-200mm would do fine. Also, avoid lenses with an f-stop of f/5.6 like a plague and that it has a tripod mount for support. A quality long lens can last you up to ten years so make sure you buy quality lenses for the job.

  1. Keep your eyes on the game

Every moment in sports is very important. Thus there is no room for you to even take a moment to review the photos you have taken. There is plenty of time for that after the game. But for now, focus on taking every shot you get.

  1. Avoid Using a Flash

For one, flash photography is typically strictly prohibited as it can distract the players and coaches alike, though there are a few exceptions, including basketball and other indoor sports.

Also, flash, especially the on-camera one, tends to ruin photos on the outdoor setting, which is why it’s better to adjust settings like the ISO instead if you have no external flash.

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A Guide to Post-Production for Newbie Photographers

For someone who is getting into the realm of photography, it is important to learn not only the aspects of taking good photos but also the aspects of making those photos look better through post-production work.

While it is not necessary to do post-production work on all photos, post-production is essential nonetheless as a way to highlight or minimize (if not eradicate) certain elements that impacts the image either positively or negatively.

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Here are some basics you need to know about post-production in photography.

  • Understanding file formats

Getting started in learning post-production first involves understanding the different photography formats out there and knowing which format your camera uses. By default, all cameras use the JPEG file format, which needs no introduction as it is the most widespread file format for photos that is used today. And being the most available format, by default also, all photos you take on your camera are stored as JPEG files.

Then there is RAW, a file format usually available in DSLRs and other more advanced camera which provides uncompressed, most faithful rendition of images. RAW format is most recommended for post-processing work as you can make the necessary adjustments or changes in your image while leaving the original image intact, something that would be useful in instances when you have to revert the image to an earlier point in time before changes were made.

  • Knowing the software you will use

For post-production work on images, there are mainly two programs that are widely used by those working on digital images: Photoshop and Lightroom. While both programs basically do the same job which is editing photos and having some of the same basic functionalities, (not to mention both are created by the software company Adobe) they work differently and have different tools and attributes in doing this task. Photoshop is the software for more extensive and complex editing work like adding filters, stitching images, and add other effects that may be needed to be done. Lightroom on the other hand is a more simple program that lets you process and edit RAW images, something that Photoshop cannot do.

  • Reading the data on the software

Regardless of whether you will be using Photoshop or Lightroom, the interface both programs use have some similarities. Specifically, both programs provide a histogram view where you can get the lighting and color balance qualities of the image you are working on. The histogram will give you a good idea whether the image you are working on in overexposed or underexposed and whether the editing you have made gave more “balance” to the photo in question.

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  • The basics on corrections

Each program has its own tools to be used in correcting images; it is important to learn these tools for your post-production work, depending on the software you will use. Nevertheless, it is important to never overdo whatever corrections you wish to make on the photo, lest it would adversely affect the quality of the photo itself.

Also, it is a good practice to be precise in using the tools available, making sure you are applying the needed work on the right area of the photograph, or it may affect also the image quality, for example, of the photos you took as a bristol wedding photographer.

As always, you should continuously learn and hone your skills in post-processing as to be expected of someone who would be extensively working on digital images. Through constant learning and practice work, you will get to not only appreciate post-processing as an important step in the overall photography work but also be more adept in enhancing the image quality of your photos.

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Things to Consider When Hiring a Wedding Photographer or Videographer

Your wedding day is a one day affair that flies by like any other day. This is despite the fact that you have spent days on end for the past half year plus going through every detail. You have wanted the day to be perfect as it is in your head. If all goes well, it will be perfect. One detail that you will need to pay real close attention to is the photography. With the flurry of activity through the day you will not be able to take in many of the magical moments going on around you. Here are some important things to consider when hiring a wedding photographer or wedding videographer.

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The Type of Photographer / Videographer

Capturing all those magical moments requires a definite finesse and not every guy with a camera out there possesses it. On your golden day you do not want anything to be ruined. The photographs will just help you relive that day and share it over and over again with your loved ones. So the first thing you need to note is what kind of photographer you are looking for. There are three basic kinds; the traditional, the classic and the photojournalist. The traditional photographer will do the all known poses while the classic one will do a blend of styles between the traditional and spontaneous photography. The photojournalist on the other hand, will simply capture the moment when he feels appropriate. Get to know what exactly you want so that you can know if the photographer you want to hire is qualified to deliver the style of photography you desire.

Professionalism

This is another key aspect that you need to look into. Again, as previously mentioned, you cannot get any guy with a camera who does it as a hobby. Photography is a profession that takes a lot of time and practice to perfect. You therefore need to make sure your potential photographer is certified. In this time you should also check how long they’ve been in practice and since practice makes perfect, the longer, the better. While a long practicing photographer is safe, make sure they are not in the relic ages but have also embraced technology.

Covering the Fundamentals

Among other things to consider when hiring a wedding photographer, inquire as to how they will do the shoot. If it will only be one photographer covering the whole shoot, who it is and how long it will take to deliver the finished work. Inclusive of this, you should check in what format they will deliver the work. These memories are priceless and should be delivered in the best format possible. Getting a photographer who delivers hard and soft copy and compiles an album for you would be ideal. At this point in time, getting to see their portfolio is a very good idea. You should be shown a complete work that depicts what you desire to have done for you. Settle for nothing less than a signed contract of all the details that you deem important to you. Don’t take anything for granted as this person has the power to either make or break your memories.

The Candidates

Once you have gone through the things to consider when hiring a wedding photographer, prepare a short list of possible photographers. Take your time getting referrals from friends and relative who’ve been down that road. You can also check online but be careful to get them from credible sources checking their reviews for verification. Once you get the possible candidates be sure to ask to meet them in their offices as you want a physical address you can go to in case of anything. Once there, consider if you mesh together. This is very important as it will reflect in the feelings on shoot. Get someone who you are comfortable being around you in your intimate moments. Lastly, get to know the total cost and the payment plans they have. Be very thorough so you can have specific figures. And be sure they have contingency plans in case of failure on any of their parts.

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