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.