10 Top Tips from an Olympic Photographer

July 27, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 18 Comments |
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Be different

At the Summer Olympics, there are typically more than 2,000 photographers, so it’s a challenge to get a shot that’s different from everyone else’s. But I strive to get something unique at every sporting event. When everyone else is using a really fast shutter speed to freeze the action of their child swimming, I may purposely shoot at a slow shutter speed to get some motion blur in the swimmers. When others shoot from a standing position, I may choose to get down low to get a different perspective.

Try different lenses

Speaking of doing things differently, it is a good idea to try different lenses when shooting a sporting event. Most people will use a zoom lens to try to get as close as possible to the action, and that’s a good thing to do, but it’s also nice to try a wide-angle lens to get a wide shot of the athletes and the crowd.

10 Top Tips from an Olympic Photographer

Get the best access you can

Being an accredited Olympic photographer gives me the advantage of being in the best locations to capture photos of some of the best athletes in the world. And trust me, location is very important. If you are photographing a football game, it is difficult to get good photos if you are shooting from the stands. Try to get as close to the field as possible so you can get close to the players. And when shooting games at your local school or club, ask if you can be on the sidelines. They may not let you, but most of time, as long as you offer to give them some of your best images, they will be happy to oblige.

10 Top Tips from an Olympic Photographer

Use the best equipment you can afford

There’s good news and bad news here. If you’re shooting a game outside during the day, you will likely have a lot of light to work with, and you can use a less expensive zoom lens to capture the action with a fast shutter speed. But if you are shooting indoor sports, you will typically need a lens which lets you shoot at a high aperture (like f2.8) or a camera that can shoot at high ISO (like 6400) with minimal grain in the image—both of which can be very expensive. So based on your needs, splurge for the best equipment for your particular type of photography. To give you an idea of how expensive this can get, when I shoot an Olympic event, I am typically carrying two camera bodies valued at $7,000 each and lenses that cost even more than the cameras bodies. It’s also important to make sure you have enough memory for all the images you are going to take. I always carry with me with a range of Lexar Professional cards with different speed and capacities to make sure I never miss a shot.

10 Top Tips from an Olympic Photographer

Have fun

This last point is very important. Make sure that you are having fun! I have been a professional photographer for many years now, and still love what I do. There is no better feeling than coming back from a shoot, going through my images, and finding that one “killer shot.” If you have not experienced that exhilaration, just keep shooting, and hopefully you will soon!

Jeff Cable - http://jeffcable.blogspot.co.uk/

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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

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6:45 am - Saturday, July 28, 2012

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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.

4:16 pm - Saturday, July 28, 2012

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#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.

10:53 am - Thursday, July 4, 2013

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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

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10:16 am - Monday, June 16, 2014