Jumping into Sports Photography

A genre of photography I haven’t done before is sports photography. Not that I haven’t been interested, I just haven’t really had the chance – until now.

High school football season is upon us and I have been given the opportunity to get some experience with this particular type of photography by shooting Fort Gibson, Oklahoma football games.

So, some may think you just get out there and take photos, but I am finding there is much more to it than that. One of the most important things is to make sure you keep both eyes open when shooting and watch for the ball coming straight at you. And, what usually follows the ball is a 150 to 200 pound football player running after it – and possibly over you, which almost happened to me last week.

When shooting sports, you must learn to watch the play and try to anticipate where the ball may go and which player may have it, frame the shot, focus and shoot. It’s not as easy as it sounds as I’ve found out, but I’ve gotten some pretty good shots. You can see these in my gallery.

Me and Photography

Well, thank you for visiting and bear with me as I begin my journey into blogging about photography.

When I was about 14 with a Kodak Instamatic camera. I took pictures of everything I could and spent a lot of money on film and developing. That was back when I would buy a film cartridge, shoot it, drop it off at drug store or parking lot kiosk (now you know how old I am), wait a couple of weeks and pick up the negatives and prints. Only then would I really know if what I shot was good.

I moved from that to a Petri 35mm camera that was fully manual. I set the aperture on the lens, the shutter speed on the camera, and for every film roll change, I had to set the film speed (ASA/ISO) on the camera. I had to manually focus using a split prism lens to know when something was in focus.

I HAD to know how the shutter speed and aperture worked with the film speed to correctly expose AND, I had to trust the meter on my camera to let me know if I’m exposed correctly. I had a light meter, also, but really didn’t know how to use it at the time. Now it is an invaluable tool that I use almost constantly.

I used this camera for many years and, in fact, I still have it.

After getting married, having kids, and generally letting life get in the way, I put the camera down until about 2007. I borrowed a Canon Rebel and began shooting again, mostly vacations and such. This camera, of course, had a fully automatic setting that would allow one to be lazy, and lazy I was. It wasn’t until I purchased my first Nikon that I realized that if I want to take my photography to new levels, I needed to go back to fully manual shooting, or at least use some of the semi-automatic features of the camera.

Then, I upgraded that Nikon to what I currently shoot, which is a D7200. I have nothing against Canon, but I’m used to Nikon and I have a LOT of glass for Nikon. So, the needs of each session defines what mode my camera is in, which is NEVER in full auto. In future posts, I will discuss the different modes and the ways I use them.

I hope to keep this updated fairly often and I hope you enjoy reading.

Chris