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Some sound advice for Sports Photographers Kevin Minter Sport

The atmosphere is electric, hearts are pounding, the crowd roars, yet at the precise millisecond the sports photographer has to hit 'that button' and capture the moment for posterity.

We have all at one time or another been captivated by sports images that sum up the excitement of the event . It may well be an image of our favorite soccer idol, a show jumping legend, a test cricketer or an Olympic sports star, whatever it may be it will be the defining moment of the event.

The image may depict the sheer human effort that the sportsman or sportswoman has given or the pain threshold that they have gone through to achieve what may well be their life time ambition or whatever, yet the photograph must represent this unique achievement.Peter Blackman Sport.


Quality sports shots can occasionally be somewhat difficult to get, it is difficult to get to the byline or have an uninterrupted view of the action. Though forward planning will help to overcome this. The further away you are from the event, the harder it becomes to capture the event in a pleasing manner. Sports are an event where crowd control is important, not only for the crowd's safety but also for the players.

The closer you are to the actions is obviously better, though the correct choice of equipment on long lenses it critical. Typically, for a photographer with a press pass, you can get to the sidelines or other similar locations, which has clear advantages. Though of course you must not be tempted to enter the playing field at any time. You conduct must be impeccable as you are there in a privileged position and will reflect upon your professionalism

If you do not have a press pass and are stuck in the stands then do get as close as possible, hence the reason for forward planning, as you may have to buy tickets to reserve you sea months and months in advance.

Remember that others will also want to capture that moment and you will be jostled, so do stand your ground.


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