Collection of Action Images

The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is certainly appropriate for the images that are featured in this section. We have, however, included technical and other information wherever possible in the hope that the combination of words and pictures will help you in your own photographic endeavors. Good shooting Athletes racing towards the camera can be photographed at a slower shutter speed than if they were going by the photographer but using a fast shutter speed always helps stop the...

Diane Kulpinski

Photographing youth sports is Diane Kulpinski's business, and if ever there were a role model for the adage about following your dream, she is it. A graduate in photojournalism from Syracuse University, Diane's entry into the industry was with the Bulletin, in Bend, Oregon. Many years as a newspaper photographer gave her a thorough grounding in numerous areas of photography from general news events to portraiture, arts, and sport. After more than a decade of newspaper work, Diane yearned to do...

Peter Skinner

Australian writer and photographer Peter Skinner grew up in Papua New Guinea and began his career as a sports journalist with newspapers and magazines in Australia and New Zealand. Branching into public relations and corporate communications, he combined his literary and photographic skills to produce illustrated feature stories on a variety of subjects for editorial and corporate clients. These ranged from sports and travel stories to personality profiles, real estate, property development,...

Capturing the Atmosphere Within a Stadium

A stadium is certainly an ideal venue to photograph a variety of subjects without even having to move from your seat. The great thing about a packed stadium is the excitement it creates with crowds, color, noise, and a general air of expectation and anticipation.Your goal should be to capture not only that excitement but also some of the less The gymnast's feet are barely showing (no pun intended) and yet we know what's happening. The judges' expressions suggest it's been a long day. Train your...

Brian Robb

Brian Robb is among the most accomplished photographers on the professional ski circuit and since 1982 has been covering World Cup skiing events in North America, Europe, Japan, and Korea. His dynamic images grace the pages of numerous international magazines and are regularly used in advertising and other commercial purposes for a variety of corporate clients. A full-time freelance photographer since 1983, he started his photography career in 1976. The following year, Brian joined forces with...

Contacting the Right People

The following are possible starting points to get access to sports teams or clubs. Okay, guys. Go get 'em. Encouraged by coaches, young baseball players head for the field. Including coaches in images emphasizes the team aspect of sports. Canon EOS 3, ISO 400 Fujicolor, 100-400mm f4.5 5.6 lens, maximum aperture. Diane Kulpinski Okay, guys. Go get 'em. Encouraged by coaches, young baseball players head for the field. Including coaches in images emphasizes the team aspect of sports. Canon EOS 3,...

Customizing White Balance

Your camera's manual will explain how to determine or customize white balance. It simply involves photographing a gray or white card or some object of similar tones making sure it fills the frame, under the lighting conditions you'll be shooting in. This is the usual method of customizing white balance for a specific situation. Also popular with many professionals is the ExpoDisc that provides a perfect white balance when used with digital cameras. It presents an image to the camera's optical...

Measuring Light Intensity

Light meters, either handheld or built into the camera, are your best ally in determining correct exposure. Modern in-camera metering systems are sophisticated and sensitive, and can be relied on most of the time but not always. Regardless of how accurate they are, in-camera light meters can be fooled for one reason. They are calibrated to measure light as if it is being reflected from scenes with an average reflectance known as 18 percent or middle gray or middle tones, about halfway between...

Duane Hart

Duane Hart, one of Australia's finest sports photographers, specializes in athletics (track and field), a line of work he transitioned into from his own athletic endeavors as a 400-meter runner. Over about ten years, Duane competed both in his native New Zealand and later for the Croyden and Belgrave clubs in the UK. At that time, 1990-1991, while in the UK, photographing track was a hobby, something Duane did to pass the time while recovering from sports injuries. He soon discovered he had a...

Ben Chen

That Los Angeles-based photographer Ben Chen excels at his profession comes as no surprise, given that he was as passionate as a competitor, especially in football, volleyball, and basketball, as he is today as a sports shooter. What might seem unusual, however, is that his favorite subject to photograph is not sport, but the beauty of dance However, Ben's comprehensive portfolio of superb eye-catching sports photographs, the result of about ten years as a full-time sports shooter, is testimony...

Walter looss

Long acclaimed by his peers as a genius with a camera, Walter Iooss is recognized as one of the greatest practitioners of sports photography of all time. Since age seventeen, when he photographed his first assignment for Sports Illustrated, Walter has produced images that are as iconic as the famous subjects themselves. During a career spanning more than four decades, he has covered five Summer Olympic Games, innumerable other major sporting events, photographed the greatest athletes of his...

The Emotion Of Sport

Guess who won Breck students celebrate winning the 2004 Minnesota high-school hockey championship in St. Paul. Jubilation shots tell the story. Canon 1D, ISO 250, 35-350mm f3.5 5.6 lens at 135mm, 1 500 at f5.6, electronic flash. Bruce Kluckhohn Guess who won Breck students celebrate winning the 2004 Minnesota high-school hockey championship in St. Paul. Jubilation shots tell the story. Canon 1D, ISO 250, 35-350mm f3.5 5.6 lens at 135mm, 1 500 at f5.6, electronic flash. Bruce Kluckhohn Few...

Derek Bacchus Photography

Sports Photography Outdoors

One of the truly magnificent slices of track and field history is captured in this classic example of a definitive image. Duane Hart knew that U.S. 200-meter and 400-meter champion Michael Johnson invariably threw his arms wide when crossing the line. Hart also knew that Johnson had an excellent chance of setting a world record in the 200-meter final of the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. He hoped and planned to capture that defining moment on one dramatic frame. To do so, he staked out his spot...

InCamera Metering Systems p

Many modern cameras calculate exposure by taking in not only the brightness but also color and contrast r values and subject distance.Your camera manual will provide details on the systems and how to make full use of them.You might see these systems o referred to as matrix, multi-zone evaluative, partial, center-weighted, or spot. Most cameras g will allow you to select things such as aperture h priority you nominate the aperture, the camera i selects the shutter speed shutter priority you A...

Introduction

Dejected Soccer Players

Experienced sports photographers are always ready for the jubilation images like this of the Chicago White Sox going wild after winning the 2005 American League Championship Series. Canon 1D MKII, 400mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender, ISO 1600, 1 1000 at f4. Ben Chen Experienced sports photographers are always ready for the jubilation images like this of the Chicago White Sox going wild after winning the 2005 American League Championship Series. Canon 1D MKII, 400mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender,...