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Sep 17, 2014 11:38 |  #1

Hello, I will be shooting my first soccer game in a couple of weeks. Never shot soccer before so what can I do to get good shots...


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Sep 17, 2014 11:45 |  #2

is this your first soccer game or first sports event?

biggest advice for soccer, like any sport, is backgrounds. one thing that i have seen yield great results is to sit facing down the lanes of the field. im usually to the left of the goal, you will move around some, but basically from this perspective you will get the players running towards you even if they are in the opposite lane on the right side of the field.

i havent shot much soccer but i have found good results shooting down the lane as well as sitting on the side along the goal line where you are closer to mid field where majority of the action occurs and you have an angle on the goal if you get lucky and there is a shot taken where your view isnt blocked and the goalie is actually facing you so you can see their face.

i may be shooting it wrong but thats what has worked and what i have seen others do so do take my advice with a grain of salt as i shoot sports for fun and im not a seasoned sports photog but i am a season sports shooter for live TV sports




  
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Sep 17, 2014 15:09 |  #3

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Hello, I will be shooting my first soccer game in a couple of weeks. Never shot soccer before so what can I do to get good shots...

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Very fast shutter speeds to stop unpredictable action.

There's an unending argument over whether the best location is behind the end line, midfield or on the sideline at the penalty spot. Some pitches will restrict you to behind the end line, which will require you to use your longest lens for most play. A 400mm f/2.8 lens would be an excellent choice.

The most compelling images come when two players struggle over the ball. As with other sports photography, follow the action and be ready to frame as tightly as possible.

Some football photographers have a goal of capturing a header with the player's head buried in the ball.

The dramatics of goal celebrations are always colorful, along with the flops that you're not supposed to pay attention to or take seriously. The best sports photographers are on a constant hunt for peak action. Never give up when there appears to be a lull on the pitch, because that's when the biggest surprises can happen.



  
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Sep 20, 2014 13:59 |  #4

You seem to have enough gear. AIservo, centre point focus. Fast ss, wide aperture, iso to give decent exposure. Look for peak action, avoid backs of players. Sit down. What level of 'soccer' is it?


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Sep 21, 2014 18:26 as a reply to  @ Hannya's post |  #5

It's college, never even been to a soccer game before so I am nervous..


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Sep 22, 2014 04:52 |  #6

I've Only ever been to one football/soccer game in my life. I don't follow a team and watch it rarely on tv. I was asked if I wanted to shoot some top flight scottish premier league games for an agency.

The world fell out my...

I went along to top of the league team Hamilton Accies vs Kilmarnock at the weekend there. Never shot sports before either.

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In both halves I sat about a third in from the corner flag. Was a great perspective. Didn't get in the way of the pro's doing their job either. I only had my 70-200 f/4 IS and felt that when they went beyond the halfway line I couldn't get any decent shots without cropping heavily.

The 70-200 is great for the half closest and the 400 will be great for action further up the field. One tip I got was that with any action always try to get the ball in the shot. I followed that rule and I'm sure there's others but it was a good start for me to follow that. :)

Hope you get on alright.




  
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Sep 22, 2014 08:56 |  #7

Not a bad set at all, Paul. Could be improved by avoiding the backs of players shots, ball or otherwise! I have a 70-200 and resign myself to just shooting the action in my quadrant of the pitch. For the OP, if you are not familiar with the game, the ball moves around the pitch a lot, and can be tricky to forecast where it will go next, so watch the game on TV a bit if you can.


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Sep 22, 2014 09:22 |  #8

Hannya wrote in post #17170741 (external link)
Not a bad set at all, Paul. Could be improved by avoiding the backs of players shots, ball or otherwise! I have a 70-200 and resign myself to just shooting the action in my quadrant of the pitch. For the OP, if you are not familiar with the game, the ball moves around the pitch a lot, and can be tricky to forecast where it will go next, so watch the game on TV a bit if you can.

Aye that was another tip. If you can't see their face, it's not a keeper, unless of course, it's the keeper lol.




  
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Sep 26, 2014 17:46 as a reply to  @ Paulstw's post |  #9

Really great shots Paul. So crisp and clean. What was the secret


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Oct 06, 2014 06:58 |  #10

tennfan1125 wrote in post #17179522 (external link)
Really great shots Paul. So crisp and clean. What was the secret

I don't know about any secrets. I did another game on Saturday passing and it felt a lot better. I guess, I have a background in wildlife so it felt very similar to that. It's just fast action and being prepared I think. I still don't think the 5D3 is going to stay though. Just don't have confidence in it. I'll see what it copes like when I get rid of the f4 for the 2.8 70-200




  
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