10 Top Tips from an Olympic Photographer

July 27, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 27 Comments | |
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As I embark on my third Olympic adventure, I am reminded of the challenges of photographing an event like this. Sure, the Olympics are the most prestigious sporting event to photograph, and the stakes are higher, but the same photo rules apply as for shooting most sporting events, regardless of whether it is a national event or your child’s school game. In that respect, I would like to share my top ten tips to help you take better photos at your next sports event.

Be prepared

The best way to capture any sport is to know the game and its players. If you can predict a play or know the key moments in a game, this will help you focus on the right player at the right time.

10 Top Tips from an Olympic Photographer

Know your camera

You do not want to show up to a sporting event without knowing more than the basics of your camera. To get great shots, you should know how to put your camera in continuous focus mode, burst-mode shooting, and how to achieve your desired shutter speeds.

Know where the light is coming from

All good photographers know that lighting is extremely important to capture a good photo. Know from which direction your light is coming, and make sure to watch for things like shading and glare to capture your subjects in the best light.

10 Top Tips from an Olympic Photographer

Get low

For most sporting events that occur on a field or a court, you will find that shooting from a low position will yield some of the best—and most interesting—results. Not only will you draw more attention to the athletes and make them look bigger, but you may be able to avoid some less-than-desirable backgrounds.

Be aware of the background

Speaking of backgrounds, you will find that many sports venues have unappealing backdrops, with emptystands, fire extinguishers, rubbish bins, and countless other obstacles. To avoid a distracting background, you might need to move to a better shooting location at the venue, or shoot at a wider aperture to help throw the background out of focus. The Olympics is one of those rare times in sports photography when I want to include the background. The great colors, huge crowd, and Olympic rings on the walls add to the visual impact and clearly show that I shot those particular images at the Olympic Games.

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#1 Fotografo em Belo Horizonte

Very beautifull picture “THE BOAT”.

4:11 pm - Friday, July 27, 2012

#2 Alex Foong

It’s has been announce that the Olympic committee in London only allows non-interchangeable lens “point and shoot” camera. 
With this challenge throw in, I am waiting for real skill amateur photographer to show their real skill.

6:22 am - Saturday, July 28, 2012

#3 Shubh

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6:45 am - Saturday, July 28, 2012

#4 Photographer Durango CO

Thanks for the tips.  I’m a volunteer for the upcoming US Pro Cycling Challenge in Durango CO.  I’ll have my camera and hopefully will get some great images.

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2:23 pm - Sunday, July 29, 2012

#7 london photographer

Brilliant tips. We ve sent our photographer to cover the Olympics and will forward this article to her. Who knows maybe she will find it useful. Thank you

7:57 pm - Sunday, July 29, 2012

#8 emopunk

Sorry but it’s all so obvious what he writes. Am I the only one to think that?

9:12 am - Monday, July 30, 2012

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12:35 pm - Monday, July 30, 2012

#10 Polichronis Moutevelidis

although of course many of the tips are not always clear they had in mind.

thank you !!

10:34 pm - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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7:14 am - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

#14 Bipin

Great tips on sports photography and also applies to my profession as a wedding photographer. Knowing how to use your camera properly, use of angles, learning how to see the light and avoiding distracting background all add up to capturing the perfect image.

3:53 pm - Thursday, June 13, 2013

#15 Fire Service

Nice tips for newbies.

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Fantastic tips.

7:56 am - Monday, July 15, 2013

#17 Giovanna Goncalves Barros

If we don’t prepare our photograph are not coming as good. So, I think this all tips are important and helpful.

10:38 am - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#18 portrait photographer

Sorry to bump post, but some great tips and photography.

10:16 am - Monday, June 16, 2014

#19 Trena

I’m sorry to ask, but I do not an owner manual and I’m trying to increase my shutter speed (my son is in sports) and I like to take rapid photos at a time. Could someone HELP me? Thank you ahead of time. I can’t find anything that makes it faster.

10:38 pm - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#20 Photographers 24/7

Great tips Mark! And Trena, try shooting in ‘Shutter Priority’ or ‘Manual’ and you will be able to increase shutter speed, and capture fast movement with crisp photographs.

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Such a beautiful work. I like these. Thanks.

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