Action Sports Photography Tip Number 8....Zoom In To Make Sure You Fill The Viewfinder With The Action

Tip #8) Make Sure You Fill The Viewfinder With The Action.... When you are photographing some great sports action, it is really important to make sure you fill the viewfinder with the action. If you see professional sports photographs, the main subject usually fills the frame of the photo, and it is in sharp focus. There is never a question about who the main subject is. In so many amateur sports photographs, main subjects are just a little dot in the photograph, they are so small, and then there is so much wasted space around the subjects.

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The photographer should have zoomed in closer, or moved closer if they ran out of optical zoom. You could crop the photo on your computer, but then the quality of the photo will be reduced. It is best to zoom in while taking the photo, it makes for a much better, clearer, professional looking photo.

Of course professional sports photographyers usually are using very expensive equipment from some newspaper or magazine, so they have an advantage with great equipment, plus they can get closer to the action with press passes. That shouldn't stop you from doing sports photography though. Just get the best zoom lens you can afford, and maybe a 1.4X or 2.0X teleconverter to help bring the action closer.

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My main sports photography lens is a Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Autofocus Lens. Then I also use Canon's 2X teleconverter to bring the action twice as close. Because the 2X teleconverter cuts the light by about two stops, I can usually only use the teleconverter outdoors, so it works great for football or baseball or soccer photography.

To bring the action closer, professional sports photographers are using huge lenses like the Canon 500mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens, which is 15.2" long and has a max diameter of 5.8" and weighs 8.53 lbs. Most hobby photographers and people like me can't afford that kind of lens though, it costs $5892.95. Or if you are really rich you can buy the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Autofocus lens for only $10,750.00.

My advice if you really want to take sports photography, just buy the biggest lens you can afford with the biggest aperture you can afford. Like my 70-200mm F2.8 lens, or you can get a 300mm zoom with a variable aperture of f/3.5-5.6, but then it will be harder to shoot indoors with that because of the smaller max aperture. Its best to stay at the fixed f/2.8 aperture if you can afford it. Then you can use the 2X teleconverter and still be at a decent aperture of f/5.6 and you could zoom to 400mm.

So get the biggest and fastest and brightest lens you can afford and get out there and capture some great action sports photography, and don't forget to fill the viewfinder with the action.

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