We can take for granted the sports photos we see on the back pages of newspapers and all across the social media platforms. They freeze the action and capture the moment with stunning detail and finesse. Because we see so many we can take them for granted and subconsciously believe they were easy to take.
So, having joined the Walking Football group within KTFC and took a few informal photos of our regular sessions, I started taking photos on a Saturday afternoons of the first team. It was at this point that I realised that there is a real skill to sports photography and I had a lot to learn. It’s so much easier today with digital cameras that work surprisingly well in low light conditions, but having a good camera and array of lenses is only the starting point of what’s needed to get an attention grabbing photo.
Having the camera set up correctly, being in the right place, following the play, anticipating what’s going to happen next, then pressing the shutter to get that stunning photo only partly describes what’s involved. Then returning home after the game with hope and anticipation of having a few interesting, in-focus and sharp images, only to be somewhat disappointed after downloading and looking closely at them.
Which then goes back to my opening point of saying what a fantastic job the pro’s do by constantly bringing us stunning photos. As for me, at each game I usually get a few photos I’m happy to share but there’s always things I see that leads me to want to do things differently and/or better next time. If you’re a keen amateur photographer or part of a camera club and want to try your hand at sports photography, then get in touch with the Club. There’s always plenty of action to test your camera handling skills.
A selection of photos are available to view on the Gallery page of the club website, which takes you through to the main photo hosting site Flickr. Enjoy, Pete Ricketts.