It's Finals Time

September 15, 2017

Your team might not be playing in the last two weeks of the season, but the action on the field is getting great for some speccy photos. 

Here is my simple guide on how to get that great action pic.


If you ever spot me roaming the grounds on the weekends I’ll be lugging around a ‘big’ lens on my camera. 

I use a 400mm f/2.8 Canon. 

Using a long lens helps you capture the action that is in the middle of the ground.

The action should fill most of the frame. 

If you use a lens smaller than 200mm the players will be tiny in the frame, so unless you want to feature the background, zoom, zoom and zoom!

Tech specs: Canon 1D-X, 400mm f/2.8, 1/3200sec at f/2.8, ISO 400.


I like to photograph sport using a wide aperture. 

That is what people call “f-stops”.

The smaller the f-stop number, the wider the aperture, more light the lens lets through. 

This helps you to get a higher shutter speed. 

The other benefit of using a low f-stop is a shallow depth of field. 

The depth of field is the amount in the photo that will be in focus. 

This helps ‘blur’ out the background, and at the local footy there is a lot of visual distractions, light poles, sponsor signs and utes. 

Tech specs: Canon 1D-X, 400mm f/2.8, 1/4000sec at f/2.8, ISO 200.


Ten frames a second – how can you miss? 

Yes my Canon 1D-x can capture a lot of photos in a short space of time, but the good photographers will still use their sense of timing and anticipation to capture those special moments.

Tech specs: Canon 1D-X, 400mm f/2.8, 1/8000sec at f/2.8.


I like to sit on the ground when shooting footy. 

A lower position will give the sense the players are ‘larger than life’. 

If you are lucky to be at a ground where there is a tall stand you can shoot from above, if done right this can give a clean background.

Tech specs: Canon 1D-X, 400mm f/2.8, 1/3200sec at f/2.8, ISO 800, converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom.


Silhouettes, slow shutter speeds, multiple exposures – go your hardest, have fun and create.

Tech specs: Canon 1D-X, 400mm f/2.8, 1/8000sec at f/2.8, ISO 100.

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