Living from one’s passion, becoming a professional photographer is not as simple as it seems.
Photography is a passion that drives many people.
What is a sports photographer?
You probably have an idea of what sports photography is, but we will define it for you. Essentially, it’s about capturing a still image of a person in motion, or in other words, photographing movement sequentially.
This style of photography of course includes all sports but not that, you may very well decide to take a picture of a man running after his dog in a park, the photo still fits into the category of sports and action photography. It is important to note that in the case of sequential shooting, you will need to have access to photo editing software.
The materials to start.
In most cases, you will work at high/very high shutter speeds to freeze the movement. Any Full Frame or APS-C DSLR with Manual or S/Tv mode will do the job.
However, in some cases, indoors or at night for example, you will need to upgrade to ISO to be able to work at sufficient speed. A camera that tolerates well to work at high ISO is recommended for a more qualitative result, if you are new to the business I advise you to buy a second-hand camera to practice.
In sports photography, long focal lengths are often king, 70-200mm, 300mm…
These lenses are perfect for capturing beautiful images of emotions from afar. For example, beautiful close-up shots of players in action or original portraits in the audience.
It all depends on the type of subject, its distance, your position, your ability to move… In my case, I was able to be very mobile and very close to the players on the courts, so I mounted my 24-105mm (a real Swiss army knife!) to be able to make tight shots of the players in action and wide angle shots of the environment, without having to use a second lens or camera.
In my opinion, you have understood it, the ideal is to be able to alternate between wide angle shots and then tight shots of action in order to cover the whole subject.
It seems trivial but this little detail can make all the difference!
Often, the sports photographer evolves outdoors and is therefore dependent on the weather and its whims! You never regret having your sun visor when it starts to rain, or just under a blazing sun at 2pm… And this advice is also valid indoors! Sports arenas are illuminated by powerful light sources, synonymous with chromatic aberrations often unsightly on your image, to avoid this… Sun visor!