The past few days I have been busy shooting Meridian High School sports. Soccer, baseball, and golf were all on the agenda.
But first, I’m going to show a few soccer photos from a few weeks ago I failed to upload. Sometimes I forget the social media aspects of photography. I love to shoot and document peoples lives.
Landscapes, scenics, urban, macro, and such are fine genres of photography, but I prefer sports, photojournalism, portraiture, and street. There’s more a challenge to me capturing fleeting moments.
Yes, I have been more disappointed than satisfied with what I get, but that keeps me pushing harder, learning more, trying new angles, and stretching myself to keep improving.
Up For Grabs:
I’m still sorta old school in that I prefer to “stop & pop” and not “spray & pray.” Read the game, find a good position to shoot from which has a clean background, and anticipate moments.
Stopping the Attack:
“Stop & Pop” is taking the time to learn what’s going on. It relies on your knowledge of the sport and players, anticipation by following the action, a cool head, and prefocusing. You get better images. Most sports photographers learn that the hard way.
I think this technique harkens to the days of film and early digital. Back a few years to 2002 when cameras were barely breaking the 5fps limit. You had to learn the game, learn patience, and learn the limit of your camera.
Saving a Score:
My first digital camera was the Nikon D1. Slow, very slow. About 4fps. Yes, two frames per second. But not as bad as the NC2000E. That was 1 frame per 2 seconds. Seriously, it was super slow. And you had to wait a long time if the buffer filled.
My second was the D1H. Not much faster at 5fps but to get it you had to have fully charged batteries. Then I bought a D200. That was a whopping 5fps. Although they were rated at that, the cameras very rarely pulled it. I think mine averaged 4, and sometimes even 3fps on bad days.
Pulling a Foul:
With that being said, I am one who believes that it’s not the camera but the photographer who makes great photos.
Practice is what matters. And a lot of practice. Not how fast your camera shoot, how big of a lens you have, how many frames you shoot, or how many card you fill.
What matters is that you capture good storytelling moments, you keep pushing yourself, keep learning.
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Paul “pablo” Conrad
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