Great news to all aspiring or otherwise sports saavy photographers out there. I’m hosting another Sports Photography workshop with Roberts Camera here in Indianapolis, and this time we are going in for a special treat. The last workshops were a lot of fun having shot The Indiana Ice, as well as Barrel Racing, but for this workshop we are going to be shooting the NASL level Indy Eleven Soccer team!
Soccer can be quite a sport to shoot. Not quite as tough as hockey or tennis in my opinion, but a good shot of a goalie can be a tough thing to get to say the least. The first time I shot the Indy eleven I was there to shoot just the defense and while I did shoot the defense relatively well, I didn’t get what I was looking for out of the goalie. The thing is though if there aren’t lots of shots on goal then you aren’t going to get the goalie shot of your dreams amirite?
Well as anybody knows, you can’t get the best photo you’ve ever taken every time you go out. In fact, I tend to think the best photo I am going to take has yet to be taken; and likely always will be that way. It pushes me to get better. What I do know for a fact though is that shooting 10 year olds playing soccer is different than shooting 16 year olds, which is different than 25 year olds playing soccer is different than shooting Pro’s play soccer. It’s all a totally different ball game (pun intended).
Shooting pro sports are significantly more exciting than high school or other level sports. Why you ask? Because amateurs are inconsistent, and professionals are predictable. That sounds terrible, but it’s the truth. Pro’s play all out, they leave nothing on the table. (At least the good ones anyway). That’s why you get the slides, the headers, or any other kinds of action you get in the photos above. At the workshop we’ll talk about the best places to shoot on the field, as well as what lenses will work best for shooting Soccer. We’ll talk auto focus settings and what I use to get my best results. (Which may not be what you find works best, but I can at least answer some questions as to what settings do what in your AutoFocus). For lenses you’ll need to be able to get to 200mm at a minimum, but it’s recommended that you come prepared to shoot out to 300 or 400mm if possible. Excited? I am! September 27th is the day. Head over to Robert’s Camera’s Education page to sign up, OR just go HERE. Until then. More soon.