Newer model DSLR’s have extreme ISO settings with little loss in quality. Don’t be afraid of going 1600 ISO and above. You’ll need it.
2~ Crank up the shutter speed
Keep your shutter speed as high as possible. It’s surprising how quickly performers move onstage. Especially at rock concerts. Try for a minimum of 1/250 sec. You’ll need high ISO and fast lenses to achieve this.
3~ Expose for the subject
Your meter is going want to over-expose your subject. The meter gets thrown off by the dark background combined with a spotlit subject. If you don’t under-expose you’ll get blocked-up highlights on the faces.
4~ Use the “Hail Mary”
When you shoot from the photo pit you’ll be beneath the performers. To get dynamic shots, hold your camera above your head with a wide angle lens on. Blast away!
5~ Carry two camera bodies
One body with a telephoto and one body with a wide angle. You won’t have time to change lenses. Usually you only get three songs so you have to use every second. Plus it’s too dark to see what you’re doing anyway.
I had a wonderful weekend where I did a talk at April Point Resort and Spa on Quadra Island. It connects by ferry to Painter’s Lodge, which is a historic fishing lodge in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Many pictures of stars like John Wayne, Bob Hope and Glenn Ford adorn the walls of Painter’s Lodge. I took some time to capture some iPhone pics during the event. I used the Libatique 73 and Float film for the landscapes, to capture the historic feel of the place. And jazzed up the food shots with more modern looking lenses and film.
Sports photography. If you can master it, you’ll improve every aspect of your shooting. Much of your success will depend on what you do before you release the trigger.
1~ Pay attention to the background
More than anything else, this will take your action pictures to the next level. I can tell if a photographer knows what they’re doing just by looking at where they position themselves to shoot. Any busyness in the background will camouflage the action.
2~ Use fast telephoto lenses wide open
Shooting wide open helps to clean up the background and isolates your subject with shallow depth of field. Sports photographers generally do not use a lens slower than f 2.8.
3~ Keep alert
Expect the unexpected. You never know what’s going to happen at a sporting event. Avoid chimping! (editing your photos in camera)
Great shots don’t happen all the time. When they do, you not only have to be there to capture it, your camera skill has to be impeccable so you don’t miss it. It takes thousands of hours to build a portfolio.
5~ Try a wide angle
Any chance you get. Most sports pictures are telephoto. They all begin to look the same. Ask any picture editor. Stay low to the ground to clean up the background.
6~ Look for something different.
Quirky is what you want. Strange things happen when you freeze action. When shooting and editing, look for unique images that still show both teams and include the puck or ball.