My son traps the ball during a game.
In sports photography, it is all about the moment and most often about freezing the action.
When you’re after action, you need high shutter speeds, so it means lots of light.
As you know, there can be such a thing as too much light.
Such is the case if you were taking pictures at a soccer game at noon for instance.
Because your whole scene is lit from directly overheard, everything in your view is also lit.
Simply put, even if you shoot with a super long telephoto and wide open apertures there might still be lots of clutter in in the backgrounds.
This directly overhead lighting situation, by the way, is the reason to set your lowest ISO, so that you can shoot with wide apertures to blur out backgrounds.
Typically the exposure at that hour with the sun out is ISO 100 1/1000 @f5.6.
And if the game happens to be played in a pitch right next to the parking lot, you’ll be seeing a lot of distractions.
In that instance, just expect to crop or do some post production to de-emphasize the clutter in the background.
Don’t hesitate to crop especially if you have a camera with high megapixels. Continue reading Shooting outdoor sports during the day