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Sporting briefs

Sports photography

“I love your use of differential focussing and I really appreciate your positioning, especially the low viewpoints, and the timing of the individual shots is first class. You have drawn me right into the competition. Beautiful pics, well done” John Shedden, former National Coach of ‘Snowsport England’. Further photo sport examples here’.

This presentation is a mix of photo sport commissions from private, to institutional, to press. It includes photo sport work for the ‘Tour of Britain’ cycle race, a Health Gymnasium, a Suffolk Triathlon, Archant press, as well as personal commissions. I am in most cases, more interested in conveying the sporting experience and the sensations of what the athlete is feeling, rather than simply how the athlete appears. I am a skier so if I were to photograph another skier in descent, I would be trying to capture the exhilaration, the beauty and occasionally even the fear of travelling across snow at speed. You can see info about the photo sport equipment I use here.

Equipment typically used for photo sport includes a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera with high continuous shooting speeds and interchangeable lenses ranging from 14mm to 400mm or longer in focal length, depending on the type of sport. The proper lenses are very important as they allow the photographer to reach closer or farther as quickly as possible to keep up with the game play. Essential accessories include a monopod or tripod for stability. Longer focal length lenses are typically used to photograph action in sports such as football, while wide angle lenses can be used for sideline and close-up athlete photos.

The preferred camera bodies for modern photo sport have fast continuous tracking autofocus settings as well as high burst rates and my Nikon D4 can shoot very high quality raw files at 11 frames per second. The D4 and more recently the D5, is the camera of choice for many professional sports photographers.