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hsjSF: Zoom! Getting great sports photos

How to take great sports photos: by Scotty Bara and Grant Shorin, photo editors of The Viking, an award winning sports magazine at Palo Alto High School

Grant Shorin

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of hsjSF: Zoom! Getting great sports photos

Getting great sports photos Before the Event: Preparation is Key! 1. Know the Assignment:
Types of shots, special events or ceremonies, specific player requests 2. Research the Venue:
Pay attention to the setting (lighting, space availability, restrictions), credentials required, game day logistics 3. Prepare Equipment:
Batteries, appropriate lenses and cameras, memory cards, misc. gear Arriving at the Event: Almost Game Time 1. Plan Location(s):
Set up to shoot where light is desirable and background is pleasing. Shooting: It's Money Time Goal: Capture the entirety of the event, including peak action, player reactions and event setting. Vary shot type for full coverage:
tight action, standard action, and macro (broad) Pay attention to changing light conditions, key players and unique circumstances Tight Action:
Full frame 2. Set up Camera:
Adjust proper exposure by balancing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Adjust white balance. Check how images look, tweaking for proper exposure and color. Don't forget to enjoy the game! Macro:
Broader View Action:
Peak Moment Zoom! "Sportraits"
Sport + Portrait Photo: Grant Shorin 16mm f/3.2 1/2000 second ISO 250 400mm f/3.2 1/1000 second ISO 400 Photo: Grant Shorin Photo: Grant Shorin 70-200mm f/3.5 1/250 second ISO 200 24-70mm f/6.3 1/2000 second ISO 250 14-24mm f/3.5 1/1000 second ISO 2000 70-200mm f/4 1/250 second ISO 250 Photo: Grant Shorin Photo: Grant Shorin Photo: Grant Shorin Celebrations:
Capturing Emotions 70-200mm f/3.2 1/1000 second ISO 5000 Photo: Grant Shorin 400mm f/2.8 1/1000 second ISO 2500 Photo: Grant Shorin @vikingsportsmag Editing Enhancements Before After Common edits: crop (and tilt), white balance, exposure, tone curve, noise reduction, sharpening, contrast Crucial step to refine each image before final product Photo: Scotty Bara 200-400mm f/4 1/1250 second ISO 1250 Photo: Grant Shorin Photos: Grant Shorin 24-70mm f/5.6 1/250 second ISO 1000 Photo: Grant Shorin 70-200mm f/2.8 1/1250 second ISO 400 Game Day Gear Lenses (400mm, 600mm) Camera Bags 10 General Tips and Guidelines Shoot in RAW, not JPEG for greatest editing flexibility 2. Shoot with subject near full frame (use zoom) 6. Minimum shutter speed 1/640 for most sports action 5. Low aperture (e.g. f/2.8 v. f/11) makes subject "pop out" 3. Pay close attention to the background and edges 10. Experience and practice are critical 1. Be organized: equipment, assignments, workflow 7. Try to keep ISO low for higher image quality (and color) Mono Pods Flashes Extra Batteries Computer Credentials Shorter Lenses Knee Pads Misc. Gear About Photo Editors of The Viking Images can be found in print and online:
The Viking (sports magazine)
www.stanfordphoto.com 4. Vary your positioning and perspective 9. Capture the peak action and the telling reaction Cameras (D4, D3S) Scotty Bara Grant Shorin 8. Set up at good location and wait for the action to come 55-250mm f/6 1/400 second ISO 200 Photo: Scotty Bara Photo: Scotty Bara 70-300mm f/4 1/100 second ISO 1600 Photo: Scotty Bara 70-300mm f/5.6 1/1000 second ISO 1250 scott.bara@gmail.com gshorin2020@gmail.com Experience covering games for The Viking, Palo Alto Weekly, and Stanford Athletics 55-250mm f/11 1/800 second ISO 400 Photo: Scotty Bara Photo: Scotty Bara 18-55mm f/5 1/160 second ISO 400 Presentation link: http://tinyurl.com/thevikingzoom
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