5 great tricks to advance your sports photography skills

Sports photography tips: create an action sequence

One of the best ways of giving yourself a fresh challenge is to try photographing sports you have never shot before. But, whatever the event, trying a new photographic approach can work wonders for your sports photography portfolio. Here are five great tricks to try…

Sports photography tips: try zoom blur

1 Zoom blur
This is a brilliant and pretty simple way to add impact to action shots. Colourful subjects work best as the blast of colour and blur emphasises the sense of movement.

Set a slow shutter speed of around 1/15 sec and choose a standard zoom lens (learn some of the common mistakes at every shutter speed – and the best settings to use).

Zoom in and focus on your central subject, start zooming out before smoothly pressing the shutter button and zooming smoothly through the exposure.

An alternative to creating this effect in-camera is to add the effect to your action shots in post-production using Photoshop’s Radial Blur command.


Sports photography tips: get creative with black and white

2 Get creative with black and white
Action photography doesn’t need to be all about bright colours and motion blur. Try your hand at creating a moody black-and-white photo instead.

Think about your composition (learn the 10 rules of composition – and why they work); perhaps go for a wider shot that shows your subjects in context and tells a story, rather than a tightly focused shot.

Shoot in colour and convert your images to black and white in Photoshop, boosting the contrast if you like (here are 8 great ways to convert to black and white in Photoshop).

Mono conversions work well on shots taken on dull days when the skies lack detail or tones.

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