Just got back from a week in California! And when I say I "just" got back I'm not kidding, my plane landed at 2am this morning... None-the-less I have a ton of pics to sort through but wanted to get a few out there! So, here you go. Any questions, comments, critiques, whatever you want to say, please do so. There will be more eventually but hopefully you will enjoy this sneak peak. Thanks!
Last year I took a trip to the city of San Francisco. What a cool place! I will be heading back there in a couple months and hopefully will do better my second time out than I did my first! One thing to remember about hitting a new location be it photography or just vacationing in general is that the first time is always the toughest. Between finding your way around, packing in as much site seeing as possible, learning the local custom's, trying to find decent grub, etc... your first time in a new place can be hectic and frustrating. No matter how much you plan...
I'm going to rethink this blog thing a bit. Rather than just have it article style I am also going to use it as a place to show new works, be it a single image or a few as they are processed. Here goes...
Whether you are trying to capture professionals, kids, or something in between; there are a few key considerations when taking taking sports photographs. Sports offer a lot of variety and opportunity photographically. Not many other settings allow you to capture emotion, action, and great surroundings all at once; and you might get to have a beer and relax while doing it!
Obviously, location is everything. You need to be able to move around and get into position to lower the level of competition. But even if your seats are up in the nosebleeds, you can still get some good images. Including a skyline, stadium, fans, etc... not just the athletes on the field, can yield very good results. Many stadiums also restrict lens size, so if you are not along the sidelines, your shots will be limited anyways. In other words, work with what you've got!
2. Pre-Visualize and anticipate
While you may not be able to see into the future, going in knowing a few images you would like to capture will set you up for when/if they happen. It is a lot like the athletes on the field; they know the situation and what to do depending on what happens. Knowing the sport you are photographing will allow you to anticipate what might occur and if you have a shot in mind you will be ready for when the moment arrives.
3. Use a high ISO speed
This one is a bit technical and not everyone has a camera with the ability to adjust this setting. Shooting at a higher ISO 400+ will allow you to stop the motion much easier than a lower ISO. But what about grains you ask? Yes, you will have a slightly grainier photo, but with the newer cameras this doesn't become an issue until you get around 2400+. Though this is the case for most cameras, it varies so experiment! Using a higher ISO will also allow you to shoot without a flash. This is more of an etiquette and common courtesy thing, though many professional and college level athletics prohibit the use of a flash. I really doubt a batter wants a bright ball of light in their field of view just so that you can get a picture of them.
Now that everyone has a camera these days, your photos are bound to look like everyone else's unless you do something different. Don't be afraid to hold down the shutter and fire off a bunch of shots; you can always delete them later!
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it should give you some tips to make your shots a bit more compelling. There is always a sporting event going on somewhere in your area (it doesn't even have to be an organized event!) As with anything else, practice, practice, practice.
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Jennifer specializes in on-location,
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members! I can attest that she is very very patient no matter how much a of a pain her clients can be. While I could tell you about her I think she does it best herself in her bio.
Jennifer was a typical child who loved both dinosaurs and Barbies, Transformers and horses. She wanted to be an astronaut, a teacher, and, most importantly, a veterinarian. While her interest in space exploration and dusty chalkboards waned as the years passed, she maintained a strong desire to work with animals. Her first job was at a dog and cat clinic where she observed both the tremendous joy, and sorrow, of sharing your life with an animal. This experience was followed by an internship at a carnivore preservation center where she spent countless hours with tigers, leopards, and other field species. From the clinic to the field, she adored and respected the individual personalities that made each animal special. Her experiences and interactions with them left pawprints on, and inspiration in, her heart.
As a child she was proudly owned by Keegan, the Golden Retriever and Duffy, the Chocolate Lab. She also shared her home with Friski the Cockatiel. Jennifer currently has three fur-kids: Dakota, the delightful German Shepherd Mix, Kaiser, a sweet yet sassy working line German Shepherd, and Kya, a beautiful long haired calico cat.
Jennifer's love of animals was an inspiration for the focal point of her artistic career: photography. Though initially she expressed herself like most children, with a box of crayons, Jennifer grew to appreciate other forms of art. She won awards for both her creative drawing abilities as well as her sculpting endeavors. She dappled in watercolor and other painting mediums and even tried her hand at computer generated imaging. At the root of every project, however, was a camera or a photograph.
Tail Waggin' Photography is the result of Jennifer's combined love for animals and photography. Inspired by the inseparable bond between pets and their people, Jennifer strives to produce the very best images of YOUR faithful friend.