For me, sports photography is really about trying to capture the drama of the moment and good shots are always hard to come by. Normally I like to get close to my subjects; my theory being that the closer you are, the more you see. But this is not always possible at a sports event, so I tend to rely on long focus lenses a lot.
While good equipment is important, your equipment alone is never going to be enough: it also takes a good position, anticipation, and a lot of luck to capture that special moment. Good light makes the job easier because it means that one can use high shutter speeds to freeze the action without having to ramp up the ISO ratings too much; bad lighting just complicates things.
The strange thing is that I don’t really like watching sports at all, but I do enjoy photographing them. It’s getting that special picture that gives me the biggest buzz.
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