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Soccer/football photography advice?

 
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Jun 07, 2013 02:31 |  #1

Hey guys, i have got my first sports gig in two days.
Im wondering what to bring, they want some shots in the dressing rooms but i dont have a wide angle lens (besides the kit lens) so i was just thinking of trying to use my 50 1.8 in the dressing room and my 70-200 2.8 IS II for the rest of the actual action. Now should i bring a shoulder bag with my equipment? (flash included for dressing room shots) or do you guys just carry your camera and lens in without a bag?

Any tips and advice on this sort of sport photography would be greatly appreciated as well!


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Jun 07, 2013 05:30 |  #2

If they want dressing room shots, it is because they want scenes of the players getting ready. They want shots that give context.

A 50mm lens shot at large apertures is not going to give context, it is going to isolate players. So for one thing, yes to the flash. At the minimum you will need to stop down.

Realistically I would suggest you try and pick up a used EF-S 18-55 lens someplace. 50mm on a 1.6X format camera is going to be awfully narrow for this locker room subject.


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Jun 07, 2013 07:14 |  #3

JeffreyG wrote in post #16008108 (external link)
If they want dressing room shots, it is because they want scenes of the players getting ready. They want shots that give context.

A 50mm lens shot at large apertures is not going to give context, it is going to isolate players. So for one thing, yes to the flash. At the minimum you will need to stop down.

Realistically I would suggest you try and pick up a used EF-S 18-55 lens someplace. 50mm on a 1.6X format camera is going to be awfully narrow for this locker room subject.

Thanks for that Jeffrey, i already own a 18-55 but i wanted to try to avoid using it but i guess you are right. So in my bag i will have the 70-200 2.8 IS II, 18-55, 600 ex flash. should i bother bringing a shoulder bag on field with me to carry everything?


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Jun 07, 2013 07:47 as a reply to  @ nathan549's post |  #4

It depends. Are you good at juggling?

You won't be on the field. You'll be on the sidelines. If a player comes hurtling toward you, it'll be great for shots, but be ready to grab your stuff and leap out of the way. A bag would make this faster.


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Jun 13, 2013 01:51 as a reply to  @ joedlh's post |  #5

I've been trying my hand at shooting kids soccer. I don't want to leave much of anything of value on the sidelines, so I minimize what I bring and its casual, so I just use a holster bag. But, if it was for an official event, I would wear a harness and carry my equipment on my waist that way its always with me and easy to access.

I'm using a 100-400, I like the reach, but at times in certain light and on solid color uniforms the focus is picky. My best advice, pay attention, get in to a comfortable position and never look up...otherwise you miss that great shot...and actually, I find it takes a lot of concentration or you can miss almost everything. I get better results when I have a list of shots in my head as a guide...such as close-up, wide, emotions, fans, players face....




  
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