Sports photography is one of the toughest genre of photography where both the camera and photographer are tested to their maximum limits. Photographer is stretched with his abilities to concentrate, focus and stay attentive all the time. Cameraman has to work on the field for long hours, often spending ideal time waiting for “that moment” , “that wow light”.

You cannot miss:

Just imagine, winner is near the finishing line, and he wins his first ever event. As a sports photographer, you have to get that shoot. You must include the emotions, the ambiance and complete activity in motion. You cannot miss, probability is high. Lighting conditions may be poor, weather may be bad, you have to get it right. This is where your skills and quality of your gear are put to test.

What is a Sport Photographer?

Sport Photographers take fast action photographs at indoor and outdoor sporting events. The industry has become vastly more competitive and popular in recent years due to the development in technology.

What Skills/ Experience are needed to do the Job?

-Knowledge of Photography equipment, with the ability to repair and maintain

-Effective Communication

-Good time management

-Active Learner

-Good at instructing/ following instructions

-Basic knowledge of Sport

What job can I get?

As a Sport’s Photographer you can either work for a Sporting Team/ Organisation or work as a freelancer, and sell pictures to Newspaper’s/ Magazine’s.

What is the Career Path?

Sports photography is very similar to fashion photography as connections and contacts are as valuable as proper training. Sports photography has a natural cross over with journalism, working for news sites and publications, and progression in any of them avenue’s is common.

What are the benefits of being a Sport Photographer?

The benefits are that you get to be involved very closely in the sport industry. You also get to do something you are very passionate about. You are also likely to get to travel all around the Country/ World in this industry.

What are the Drawbacks?

The hours are not set and will vary dependent on where and what you are taking pictures of. 

A camera will not make you a better photographer, but it can hold you back or set you free.

What do you shoot, and how do you shoot? Are you liberal or conservative with the shutter? Would you rather burst 3-5 shots per frame, or take a single shot? Do you shoot relatively static portraits, or do you have couples jump all over the place? (It happens!) When I used the D3s, I burst 3-4 shots per composition if elements/subjects in the frame were moving. I do miss that burst speed as it’s great for making sure you have the shot with peoples eyes open and/or facial expressions looking good (I’m sure everyone has experienced having a great shot rendered unusable by half closed eyes due to blinking!). I’ve since learned to live without the D3s FPS of course. I’ve also learned to live with the slower and smaller buffer of the D750. Does that mean I wouldn’t want a faster shutter and larger buffer? Absolutely not!

Do you hold the weight of the camera in your hands for long periods of time? Is the D5 too heavy for you? Do you travel a lot? What is your budget? For the cost of a single D5 you can buy two D750s with a couple of the 1.8G lenses (35 and 85 for example). If you need/want that insane shooting speed and buffer, coupled with the equally insane AF and high ISO capability, you only have one option. The D5 is a supreme achievement in capability.

We each find the right tool for ourselves. I captured images from both the D5 and D750 that I’m very happy with. Everything you’ve seen so far is from the D5 (of course), the following six images were taken with the D750…

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