You Don’t Have To Push The Shutter Button

You Don’t Have To Push The Shutter Button

That's right. Contrary to most of the photographers out there, you can choose not to push your shutter button. Too often, when I am shooting games, I will hear other photographers snapping photos like crazy. Then, there is me....

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Preventing Heat Waves From Ruining Your Photos

Preventing Heat Waves From Ruining Your Photos

Have you ever shot football, soccer, rugby, etc. outside?  It's not too tough to do and I am sure you remembered to get as low as possible in order to make the athletes look larger than life.  Then, you get back and import your photos for post processing and noticed...

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Can the Sony a6000 Handle Sports Photography?

Can the Sony a6000 Handle Sports Photography?

The Sony α6000, at the time of this writing is about 4.5 years old.  Why would I test a camera that is considered old by today's standards? There are aspiring sports photographers who have a basic camera/lens setup that is adequate for taking photos but are...

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7 Tips for Photographing Indoor Swimming

7 Tips for Photographing Indoor Swimming

Swim meets are something I wished I could shoot more.  They are a beehive of activity, often times crowded and you have to pay attention.  You could easily take a wrong step and end up in the pool with your equipment in tow.  The last meet I shot not only had water...

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Photographing Softball From Behind Home Plate

Photographing Softball From Behind Home Plate

Here are a few thoughts I have about shooting from behind home plate.  These work for both softball and baseball. When shooting from behind home plate, which has a fence that protects us common folk from injury, you place the end of your lens as close to the fence as...

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Lens Hoods – Two Reasons You Need One

Lens Hoods – Two Reasons You Need One

When you purchased a lens, it probably came with a lens hood.  If it didn't, it is a good idea to get one that is made for your lens.  They come in many shapes and sizes such as Petal, used for prime lenses, and Cylindrical, used mostly with telephoto lenses. Yes,...

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Why Are My Photos Blurry?

Why Are My Photos Blurry?

You are at a sporting event and have taken several hundred photos.  Now, you know not all of them are going to be keepers but, you expect to see some amazing shots.  Because, after all, you are an amazing sports photographer. You import your photos into your favorite...

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How I Captured This Great Capitol City Classic Photo

How I Captured This Great Capitol City Classic Photo

The Event This shot was taken at the Capitol City Classic high school basketball tournament held in Salem, OR.  I have been shooting this event since it began a few years ago.  I like to shoot this event because of the high caliber of athletes involved.  Most of the...

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Beginner Tips for Football Photography

Beginner Tips for Football Photography

When it comes to sports photography, football is one of my favorite sports to shoot.  I get to be outside and I really enjoy the atmosphere.  A quick warning, In this article I may be using football language.  So, if you don't know football very well, just fake the...

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Best Settings for Sports Photography – Beginner Tips

Best Settings for Sports Photography – Beginner Tips

Best Settings Ok, truth be told, there are no best or even perfect settings for sports photography.  The reason for this is that as sports photographers, we shoot in many different lighting conditions.  One day we are outside shooting soccer in bright sun and the next...

Constructing Exposure – ISO

Constructing Exposure – ISO

ISO stands for International Standards Organization.  It is a standardized scale for measuring film sensitivity to light.  Today, film has been replaced by digital image sensors but the concept is still the same. To understand ISO let’s go back a few years.  In the...