Sports Photographers

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KEY SKILLS

  • Photography

  • Attention To Detail

  • Quick

  • Editing 

  • Visual Storytelling

  • Proactive

  • Business skills

  • Interpersonal

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Digital Photography

  • Communication

PROS

  • You can enjoy a front seat in your favourite games

  • You have freedom & flexibility as a freelancer

  • It is always exciting to see a star player in their arena  

  • The unpredictability keeps you on your toes

  • You learn so much more about sports

CONS

  • No guaranteed income

  • You have to be very accomodating with your work preferences

  • It could be very expensive

  • It's not a regular 9-5 job 

  • You may not always get the best shots due to the motion blur 

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Companies

  • Freelancer

  • Agencies

  • Sports Events

  • You love clicking pictures

  • You know how to use photo-enhancing software

  • You understand how detail-oriented the job is

  • You respect the rules set out for you 

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Interesting Facts about the career

Tips that can help you to become a good sports photographer


1. Understand and know the rules of the game. 

2. Research what the expected photos look like so that you know what you are expected to deliver. 

3. Keep your eyes on the game. 

4. Know your camera interface. 

5. Don't waste your time on chomping. 

6. Try to go flashless. 

7. Use shutter priority mode. 

8. Shoot everything - people, sideline movement, everything.

9. Tell the story of the game. 

10. Capture the emotions of the game. 

11. Play with a few wide-angle shoot.

12. Keep most shots tight.


Challenges faced by sports photographers

1. Motion Blur. 

2. Timing Movement.

3. It is hard to get a close-up shot. 

4. The weather could be bad and it is difficult to shoot sometimes. 

5. You sometimes miss that perfect shot.

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