10 burning questions even pro sports photographers still ask themselves

10 questions even pro sports photographers still ask themselves

With the Olympics set to kick off later this week, sports photography enthusiasts of all backgrounds and abilities will be descending on London. And that’s not to mention the legions of professional sports photographers who will be populating every venue with their mammoth lenses to capture all the action in staggering detail.

Though they make it look slick and easy, these professional sports photographers still have to work hard and think constantly about what they’re doing in order to achieve great shots. To help you along with your own sports photography, we’ve compiled the 10 questions even pro sports photographers still ask themselves.

The best lenses for sports photography (and ideal focal lengths to use)

The two most common questions about using sports photography lenses

With the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, photographers of all abilities will be thinking about sports photography. We thought we would count down to Friday’s opening ceremony with a different tutorial each on how to take better sports photography. Today we’ll start with a look at some of the best lenses for sports photography – and which focal lengths are best for capturing some of the most common subjects. We’ll also answer what we believe are the two most common questions about using sports photography lenses.

Panning: how the pros capture motion (and the best shutter speeds to use)

Panning: how the pros capture motion blur (and the best shutter speeds to use)

Panning is a great way to capture a sense of movement in your action photography, by blurring the background, but keeping the subject sharp. Panning is often thought to be quite difficult, but in reality, with sound technique and some practice you can capture motion blur quite easily. Below we’ll show you how it is done and reveal the best shutter speeds to use for different common subjects.

The 55 best photographers of all time. In the history of the world. Ever. Definitely.

The 55 best photographers of all time. In the history of the world. Ever. Definitely.

Here at Digital Camera World we’re not afraid of courting controversy. OK, maybe we are a little bit, which is why we thought it was time to be bold. We’ve interviewed a number of famous photographers over the years and been inspired by each of them, but as many readers often ask us… “who are the best photographers of all time?”

We put on our thinking caps and took a stab it. Following lots of coffee and some heated arguments, we agreed on a list of the 55 best photographers of all time. In the history of the world. Ever. Definitely.

Olympic Photography: the rules, and how to beat them

Olympic Photography: the rules and how to beat them

When Seb Coe & Co secured the Olympic Games for London in 2012, it wasn’t just a crowning achievement for British sport, but a golden opportunity for photographers too. However, unsurprisingly with an event of this size and scale, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) wants to put firm rules on Olympic photography.

The rules aren’t numerous, but they are quite specific. In this post we’ll tell you what the rules are… and how to work around them.

Free action photography cheat sheet

Free action photography cheat sheet

Do you have trouble capturing moving subjects? Whatever you’re shooting, action photography can be tricky to achieve given the unpredictability of your subjects, little control over the lighting and trying to keep everything sharp. To help you along with your pursuits, we’ve put together a hand action photography cheat sheet inside.