Fo­cus on action

When shoot­ing sport, it’s cru­cial to iso­late your main sub­ject from its back­ground to re­ally make the ac­tiv­ity stand out

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In sport pho­tog­ra­phy it’s im­por­tant to try to max­imise the vis­ual im­pact of ev­ery im­age you take. One way of achiev­ing this is by re­duc­ing the depth of field to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum, which means that your lens and aper­ture choice are cru­cial.

A fast (wide aper­ture) prime tele­photo lens such as a 300mm f/2.8 will not only give you the best pos­si­ble op­ti­cal qual­ity, it will also give you the tiny amount of depth of field you’re look­ing for. Un­like most lenses, they are de­signed to work at their best wide open at f/2.8, giv­ing crisp, sharp im­ages and throw­ing any­thing in the back­ground out of fo­cus. They also have in­cred­i­bly smooth bokeh which makes it look like the sub­ject is iso­lated from it’s back­ground, giv­ing the pic­ture an al­most three di­men­sional feel­ing. The down side is that such lenses are very costly! (See Kit­bag, above right).

The na­ture of sport means that your sub­ject is go­ing to be con­stantly on the move, so you need to op­ti­mise the set­tings on your cam­era to give your­self the best chance of se­cur­ing a shot. You rarely get a sec­ond chance when shoot­ing sport, which means you must be con­fi­dent that your cam­era can fo­cus ac­cu­rately and main­tain that fo­cus at the crit­i­cal mo­ments.

KIT­BAG Fast tele­photo primes

are eye-wa­ter­ingly ex­pen­sive. While most of us can’t stretch to a 300mm f/2.8, hir­ing one for a big

event is an op­tion.

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