So our last blog post was about five favorites a portrait photographer brings to a shoot. This week we are talking about five favorites a sports photographer brings to a shoot. We wanted to do these posts back to back to illustrate how different each photo shoot can be, specifically focusing on equipment in this case. When shooting sports, you must be prepared for action, literally. With so many quick movements to capture you need to be able to think fast not only on your feet, but creatively as well.
Our first item is something all of you have, trash bags. Trash bags are a great backup for weather. Even though we now have our rain covers for our cameras, we still bring trash bags. Of course, the first time we used them wasn’t exactly a success story. This was back when we had first started the business. We only had two cameras at this point. We were at a local high school shooting a game and of course the weather was absolutely horrible, and we hadn’t gotten around to purchasing one of the professional camera covers yet. We had seen other photographers use trash bags, so we decided to cover up the camera and wrap it in athletic tape to secure it. Flash forward a bit, we didn’t wrap up the camera well enough. And unfortunately, we had a camera causality that day. Eventually we learned how to properly secure the camera in a trash bag, and it worked wonders! So for those of you thinking about using trash bags make sure you seal it up correctly or it won’t be a good day. Trust us.
Moving on to number two. A monopod is very similar to a tripod, but it is much simpler to use and transport which is great for sports and action-based shoots. It allows the photographer to increase the cameras stability which produces sharper images. This is perfect for those shots across the field where you wouldn’t have time to get to the other side to capture the entirety of the play.
Comfortable shoes are our next favorite and are key for shooting sports. You are constantly moving around whether on the field or on the court in order to capture the perfect shot. And at the end of a day when you’ve shot three for four games, your feet will be thanking you. Also, if we are really giving our five favorites we could even get as specific as saying New Balance and Vans are our favorite shoe brands to shoot in.
Moving on to some of the most important pieces. Our 70-200 f/2.8 lens. This lens is crucial for sports photographers as it offers a lot of versatility. You could be shooting right next to a batter at home plate and get a perfect photo and then shoot across the field to capture a play and get just as crisp of an image. Because of the speed of the lens it does wonders for shooting in low light situations, such as an indoor court. Shooting in low light can result in grainy images but the speed of this lens helps to counteract it.
Our final favorite is our 300mm or a 400mm f/2.8 lens. These lens’ allow you the option of more coverage of the field, meaning you can capture more content in your image. So you can get that wide shot of that final touchdown or that winning goal. It’s also a good idea to bring two different lenses as it offers a bit of variety depending on what sport you are shooting.
Even though we said our five favorite we had to include one more. So what is the last one? Two camera bodies. Because again, always be prepared.