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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’.

This presentation is a mix of commissions from private to institutional to press. It includes work for the ‘Tour of Britain’ cycle race, a Health Gymnasium, a Suffolk Triathlon, Archant press, as well as personal commissions.

Equipment typically used for sports photography 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 sports photography 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.