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Sports and Action Photography


Whether you're a budding photojournalist dreaming of shooting professional sporting events or a parent just looking to take better photos of your kids playing youth sports, learning the fundamental concepts and creative techniques of sports and action photography can dramatically improve your picture taking skills. This course will introduce you to both the technical requirements and artistic flair you'll need to shoot great sports and action photos.

Students will learn about selecting the right equipment for sports and action photography and also learn about different camera settings to achieve the best results. In each class we will discuss different technical and artistic aspects of sports and action photography (e.g., exposure settings, focusing techniques, unique perspectives) and how to overcome common problems. We will review some well-known examples to determine what makes a compelling sports & action photograph. During the week between classes, students will be asked to attend a local sporting event of their own choosing and take photographs, applying the principles learned in class. Students will then bring some of their images to the next class to share and receive valuable insight and feedback from their fellow students. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss their photo successes as well as areas where they are having difficulties.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to use camera equipment commonly used in sports and action photography.
  • Adjust camera settings to get the best results when shooting sports and action.
  • Understand what makes a quality sports photograph.
  • Work around problems often encountered in sports and action photography.

  • Section: SPORTPHOTO (24APR17)
    Dates: Apr 24, 2017 - May 08, 2017 Time: 7:00 PM
    Tuition: $175.00 Instructor: Kevin J Moran Register

    Each student should own a digital camera, although professional level cameras and lenses are not required. Topics discussed will apply to all makes and models of cameras and photographers of all levels. Students should have some experience using their cameras and be familiar with basic camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Students can bring their cameras to class if they have specific questions about camera settings, but bringing a camera to class is strictly optional.

    Students will be expected to take photographs at sporting events (amateur or professional) of their own choosing during the week between classes and then bring some of those photos to the next class on a flash drive. The flash drive will be returned to students at the end of each class.

    There is no required textbook for this course.


    Class 1: Technical Considerations in Sports & Action Photography
    • Cameras and lenses, other equipment and accessories
    • Camera settings for sports and action photography
    • The basics of what makes a great sports and action photograph
    • Work Photographer Position – knowing your sport and anticipating the action

      Class 2: Creative Considerations in Sports & Action Photography
      • Taking compelling shots on and off the field
      • Artistic Flair – making your sports & action photographs unique
      • Review of students’ images with questions, comments and discussion

        Class 3: Common Problems in Sports & Action Photography b>
        • Overcoming equipment limitations, difficult venues, bad lighting, distracting backgrounds and other issues
        • Opportunities to shoot sports & action photos
        • Review of students’ images with questions, comments and discussion

    Class Schedule

    Date Times Meeting Type Location
    04/24/2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
    05/01/2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
    05/08/2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park

    Additional Information

    Final Enrollment:
    Clock Hours: 6.0