SierraHighPhoto wrote in post #17107929
I've been given the opportunity to shoot a few games this season and was hoping for some input on how I might get around some obstacles.
Right now I'm shooting with a 5D3, 300mm F/4L IS and a 200mm F/4L. From what I understand both of these should get me decent shots, assuming it's day time, but night games could be an issue.
Currently I'm not sure what games I'm going to get, but assuming I do get a night game, I don't want to decline because of equipment and lose my chance for any other games.
The other issue is I can't afford to rent a 300 or 400mm F/2.8. I could do the 70-200mm however.
Am I going to be okay bumping up the ISO for the game? Will they come out too dark/blurry?
Any input on how to get the best photos possible at night with the 300 at least (as said I can afford to rent a 200mm F/2.8 IS).
The challenges of photographing American gridiron football are less about equipment setup than about getting the most compelling action in frame. You'll spend your first few games getting used to making sure you properly track the action and push the shutter button at the right time. No camera settings can help you learn how to follow the best action. Following the ball on a long pass play is something you can expect to get wrong at first.
If you're accustomed to slow, static, controlled work, football sidelines will come as a busy, frequently crowded shock. You'll need to quickly get used to situations where the game controls you, where you need to often move from place to place, where your access can be limited and where people get in your way and you can't do anything about it. One moment you can be in a good location to capture action heading toward you, and then the next moment the ball changes possession and you'll need to move halfway down the field - over and over.
You'll also face some very real physical risks. It's common for sideline football photographers to be knocked down, injured and have their equipment damaged. You'll need to rapidly develop a sense of self-preservation to minimize the chance of this happening.