The secret behind capturing the perfect sports photography is correct technique, reaction strength, knowledge about the sport, and the right equipment. A high-quality tele-lens, a steady tripod and a handful of memory cards is a huge step in the right direction.
Equipment for night photography
When photographing an action filled sports event, you would want a camera with a fast capture rate and high performance in shallow lighting conditions. Other useful accessories are a vertical grip, a fast image buffer and finally a rugged camera.
The key to photographing sports event is to get close to the action. This means that you’ll need a telephoto lens with a long focal length. In addition, lenses with larger aperture work better in low light conditions.
Camera shake can cause blurred images when using a large telephoto lens. With a monopod, you get extra stability as well as the opportunity to keep up with the action, resulting in a perfect image captured at the right moment.
Useful beginners tip
Use a large aperture
The larger the aperture, the more light is let into the camera chip while increasing the shutter speed. It also gives less depth of field, blurred background, and increased focus on your subject.
Even though autofocus technology is getting better and better, it can still be tricky to use autofocus on a subject that is moving at high speed. Pre-focus on e.g. the finish line or goal can help you get the perfect picture - that AF cannot.
Bring more memory cards than you think you will need. It’s seldom convenient to edit during a match and memory cards fill up quickly when taking serial photos. Shooting in JPEG can also save a lot of space on the memory card.