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How to Photograph Football--14 Tips for Friday HS Football

 
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Aug 18, 2009 19:38 as a reply to  @ post 8433748 |  #31

Phil

Thanks for your advice and the photos not only is the advice well written, and the photos that accompanied were great and went well with your post. I have shot a great many football games, the advice to shoot early in the season, early in the game was great.
One thing I did not realize was flash was so vital in night time football games.

My hats off to ya thanks again

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Aug 19, 2009 06:48 as a reply to  @ post 8480143 |  #32

I'm definitely going to try the punt shooting tips you had, I always shot from the side or a little in front of the punter last year but an endzone shot of the back of the punter with rushers coming could be quite stunning indeed!

Sometimes, anywhere far enough behind the punter can be effective:

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (80-L) blocks a punt off the leg of San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee (4-R) during the second half of an NFL game between the Bears and the 49ers at Soldier Field, won by San Francisco 37-30.
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I wish this play had happened during the daylight portion of the evening as I got absolute no detail in Lloyd's face. Oh well.

Phil, there's not much more I can add to your OP in this thread. I especially like the idea of having a plan. You can go to online sites like Ravials.com and MaxPreps.com to look to the teams' rosters and see if any highly-touted players are on either of the teams.

Another hint you touched on (and one I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself to do): shoot through the play and STOP CHIMPING so much! I can't tell you how many great shots I've missed 'cuz I stopped shooting to look at the LCD. Dumb and dumber on my part. There is ALWAYS time to chimp between plays! Some games, I've covered the LCD with gaffer's tape, but even then I've cheated by peeking underneath ;)

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Aug 19, 2009 08:38 |  #33

dmwierz wrote in post #8485670 (external link)
... ...STOP CHIMPING so much!

Some games, I've covered the LCD with gaffer's tape, but even then I've cheated by peeking underneath ;)

LOL, LOL, LOLbw!
How wonderfully human!

Thank you Dennis for all the advice over the last two years. Your podcasts are great and it would be wonderful if you produce more of those someday.

BTW, incredible timing on the blocked punt. Wow.

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Aug 19, 2009 10:15 as a reply to  @ dmwierz's post |  #34

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Another hint you touched on (and one I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself to do): shoot through the play and STOP CHIMPING so much! I can't tell you how many great shots I've missed 'cuz I stopped shooting to look at the LCD.

Great advice! Either you caught the play or you didn't...chimping isn't going to change that fact.


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Aug 20, 2009 21:22 |  #35

dmwierz wrote in post #8485670 (external link)
Sometimes, anywhere far enough behind the punter can be effective:


Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (80-L) blocks a punt off the leg of San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee (4-R) during the second half of an NFL game between the Bears and the 49ers at Soldier Field, won by San Francisco 37-30.
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I wish this play had happened during the daylight portion of the evening as I got absolute no detail in Lloyd's face. Oh well.

Phil, there's not much more I can add to your OP in this thread. I especially like the idea of having a plan. You can go to online sites like Ravials.com and MaxPreps.com to look to the teams' rosters and see if any highly-touted players are on either of the teams.

Another hint you touched on (and one I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself to do): shoot through the play and STOP CHIMPING so much! I can't tell you how many great shots I've missed 'cuz I stopped shooting to look at the LCD. Dumb and dumber on my part. There is ALWAYS time to chimp between plays! Some games, I've covered the LCD with gaffer's tape, but even then I've cheated by peeking underneath ;)


Wonderful shot !! I've got season tix this year and will be testing my new 300mm f/4L this sat !


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Aug 20, 2009 21:57 |  #36

gconda wrote in post #8496405 (external link)
Wonderful shot !! I've got season tix this year and will be testing my new 300mm f/4L this sat !

I'll be at Soldier Field myself, roaming the sidelines.

Have a good time!


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Aug 21, 2009 17:55 |  #37

Wonderful thread! This thread is the type thing that makes this site so wonderful.

Many of your tips can certainly apply to most all sports event shooting!!

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Aug 25, 2009 14:03 |  #38

Well, I just reread this thread for the third time! Thanks everyone for contributing your thoughts and tips. I shot my first game of the season last Friday and hope to improve upon the quality this coming Friday night.

NOTE: I missed all of the fall sports last year due to Hurricane Ike damage to our house and health problems that also forced me to the sideline. Soooo, I'm pretty rusty.

Thanks again for all the helpful info.
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Aug 27, 2009 09:55 |  #39

Thanks for putting these tips. Can't wait for the football season to start in 2 weeks.


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Aug 30, 2009 17:44 |  #40

I shot a game yesterday & was trying to use Aperature Priority mode because the sun was playing peek-a-boo in & out of the clouds. However, I got frustrated with the variations I was seeing and went back to shooting Manual. I was wondering which metering mode do you use?

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Sep 01, 2009 01:35 |  #41

gconda wrote in post #8496405 (external link)
Wonderful shot !! I've got season tix this year and will be testing my new 300mm f/4L this sat !


LOL !!!!!!!! Got to the stadium and had to put my cam in the car !!! :(

Told me cam had to be less than 6 inches long !!!

now what to do...?


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Sep 02, 2009 21:17 |  #42

Awesome post, thank you for this!




  
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Sep 03, 2009 08:00 |  #43

gconda wrote in post #8559793 (external link)
LOL !!!!!!!! Got to the stadium and had to put my cam in the car !!! :(

Told me cam had to be less than 6 inches long !!!

now what to do...?

I like the 200/2.8L and 1.4x TC combo... this still gives you 300/4 and L prime quality at <6" (leave the TC detached when going through the gate).


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Sep 04, 2009 12:06 |  #44

clarence wrote in post #8575271 (external link)
I like the 200/2.8L and 1.4x TC combo... this still gives you 300/4 and L prime quality at <6" (leave the TC detached when going through the gate).

Thank you !


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Sep 05, 2009 22:43 |  #45

Guys, need some help in regards to shooting positions.

#1 problem, unless you know the teams it is very hard to know which side is strong and who the main players are. How do you guys handle this when shooting different games?

#2 Being handicapped, I can't run from one side to the other. I will move along the sidelines but action ends up happening on the wrong side. My best shots have been when I stayed put behind the goal line. What do you guys do? What is good positions to shoot from? In NFL, college etc, I have seen mostly from end zones with long glass. But with flash one can only shoot so far.


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