Knowing the Sport

Ask any sports photographer what he considers the main prerequisites to be an accomplished shooter; "know the sport" will be near the top of the list.Your chances of success are increased when you are familiar with such things as being in the right spot, being able to anticipate the action, and knowing the rules and nuances that enable you to create those definitive images.

If you have played a sport, regardless at what level, you have a decided advantage because you know the objectives of the game and the skills needed to achieve them. You will also understand the rules and what's likely to happen following an umpire's or referee's decision. Each sport has those critical moments when key plays are needed to win the game. Knowing what options the athletes have will enable you to prepare for the shot. It might not always come off, but at least you'll be prepared.

University of Southern California (USC) Trojans tailback Reggie Bush bursts upfield against the Texas Longhorns in their Rose Bowl game. Canon 1D MKIIN, 400mm f2.8 lens, ISO 1250, 1/800 at f2.8. © Ben Chen
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