Shot my first ever football game because the local paper needed help with coverage. http://www.thebatavian.com …ts-elbabyron-bergen/77430
The morning of the game I looked online for some tips on how to shoot the game. Best info I read was stand 15 yards in front of the line of scrimmage or 5 yards behind and if you have a big lens stand behind end zone. So that is basically what I did. I found out, at least for my first game, I liked standing at the gaol line so I could shoot down field and then get a shot of them crossing he goal line. The field this game was played on was just painted grass. Had there beed a clear delineation of end zone marking vs any where else on the field I would think staying behind the end zone would work well too. The other good tip was set exposure compensation +2/3 a stop to get the faces inside the helmits. Also I shot JPEGs not raw files.
The gear I started the game with was my 7Dmkii with the 200-400 zoom with built in 1.4 extender. My 1DX with the 70 to 200 on it. Turns out I had the lens camera combo backwards. I had too much reach withe 7dmkii and rarely engaged the extender in the 200-400 lens and the 70 to 200 on the 1DX was not enough lens at times. So I switched them and that worked out just about perfect until the end of the game for candids where I needed to put the 70-200 back on he 1DX as not to be framed too tight.
Because both of my cameras are speed demons I took way too many shots and editing was a chore. I was trying not to spray and pray too much but not ever having shot a game I started shooting early and ended late make sure I did not miss anything. I got better by the end of the game and was shooting two three shot bursts for the action.
I'm shooing a game this coming Saturday too, any other tips or suggestions?