Find what you are looking for

or search by

Topics

Article
Article

Article

e-Book
e-Book

e-Book

Video
Video

Video

Campaigns
Campaigns

Campaigns

Architecture
Compact Cameras

Compact Cameras

Architecture
DSLRs

DSLRs

Architecture
Videography

Videography

Architecture
Astrophotography

Astrophotography

Architecture
Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless Cameras

Architecture
Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Architecture
Canon Technologies

Canon Technologies

Architecture
Low Light Photography

Low Light Photography

Architecture
Photographer Interviews

Photographer Interviews

Architecture
Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Architecture
Macro Photography

Macro Photography

Architecture
Sports Photography

Sports Photography

Architecture
Travel Photography

Travel Photography

Architecture
Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography

Architecture
Photography Concepts & Application

Photography Concepts & Application

Architecture
Street Photography

Street Photography

Architecture
Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Architecture
Lenses & Accessories

Lenses & Accessories

Architecture
Nature & Wildlife Photography

Nature & Wildlife Photography

Architecture
Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

Architecture
Night Photography

Night Photography

Architecture
Pet Photography

Pet Photography

Architecture
Printing Solutions

Printing Solutions

Architecture
Product Reviews

Product Reviews

Architecture
Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Tips & Tutorials >> All Tips & Tutorials

Sports Photography: An Equipment Guide

2018-08-06
13
14.16 k
In this article:

Nothing comes close to the adrenaline rush of sports photography. And with the 2018 Asian Games scheduled to be held in Indonesia this August, there’s no better time to equip yourself with understanding the basic equipment to help you capture action-packed sports photos. Find out more with our handy infographic.

sports photography equipment guide

1. Camera

Sports photography requires a good camera to help you capture dramatic images that will last a lifetime. Equipped with beginner-friendly features, the EOS 1500D has a large APS-C size CMOS sensor and DIGIC image processor to produce sharp images with rich tonal gradations.

2. Telephoto Lens

Capture the unpredictability of sporting action from a distance with the new EF70-200mm f/4L IS II USM lens. This lightweight and compact telephoto lens features 5-stop improved image stabilisation and Panning mode, whereby the camera automatically sets the optimum shutter speed and the IS system stabilises subject blur for crisp sports photos.

3. Fast Memory Cards

Look for cards with read and write speeds of at least 90MB/s to help you nail those dramatic sports photos, especially in continuous shooting mode. Sports photographers also prefer shooting in JPEG as this means a smaller file size that processes in your camera faster to capture more continuous shots. Don’t forget to bring along a few extra cards, just in case the one you have runs out of space.  

4. Batteries & Battery Charger

Always be prepared for any contingencies by ensuring your batteries are fully charged. The last thing you’d want is to miss that peak sports moment because you ran out of batteries.

5. Camera Strap

As sports photography may require you to be on the move, protecting your camera with a strap prevents it from dropping. Whether you sling it around your neck or waist, a strap keeps it close to your body.

6. Lens Cleaner Kit 

Exposing your lens to nature’s elements such as rain and dust can get in the way of capturing that dramatic sports moment. Keep your lens clean and spotless with a lens cleaner kit because even a dust speck could blemish your sports photos.

7. Monopod

Take the weight off your arms from carrying a long focal length lens for hours with a monopod. With only one leg to set up (instead of a tripod’s usual 3), it also gives you versatility in movement and enables panning, a shooting technique that follows a moving subject and captures it in action.

8. Rain Cover and Bag

Protecting your gear might be the difference between getting your shots or missing them to seek shelter. Invest in a rain cover designed to shield cameras and lenses from water and dust. Pack your gear in a quality bag that not only keeps them well-protected, it lets you access your camera easily and supports your back.

 

Need more inspiration to help you capture better sports photos? Learn from the pros with Shooting Unpredictable Subjects - An Interview with Stanley Cheah and Sports Photography Tips: The Badminton Games.
 

Go ahead and download a copy of this infographic here.

 


Receive the latest update on photography news, tips and tricks.

Be part of the SNAPSHOT Community.

Sign Up Now!

Share your photos on My Canon Story & stand a chance to be featured on our social media platforms