Be an Olympic shooter! Pros share 5 tips for becoming a sports photographer

Canon sports
Kona Ettel, Hirschgarten Skate Park, Munich, by Canon Ambassador Richard Walch on the EOS 1D-X Mark III (15mm, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO400) (Image credit: Richard Walch)

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are now well underway, with the exploits of sporting heroes from around the world inspiring a new generation of athletes and prospective Olympians. 

On the sidelines, though, professional photographers are also inspiring a new generation of creatives to pursue a career as pro sports shooters. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.