Photography of Games

December 14, 2017

Capturing live action shots during sporting games can be a challenge. Whether the game is hockey, tennis, baseball or any other sport, photos can often turn out blurry and the timing may be a few seconds too late. The odds are as high as when you’re betting on sports with betstar. If you don’t make your move fast, you could lose out on the bet, or in this case, the best photographed shot.

Now instead of seeing the athletes face during an action shot, you end up seeing the back of their head. Luckily, with a few quick tips on how your camera works and what some of those functions are meant for, you can achieve that desired shot you were intending for. You’ll get that shot that will help you start and grow a business.

It all comes down to three major functions: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.


Aperture refers to the opening of a lens’s diaphragm through which light passes. The larger the aperture the less light that passes through, thus, the smaller the aperture the more light that passes through. By having an f/22 aperture (this being the larger aperture number) the more depth of field, the more sharp the background is, and the more focused the objects in the frame are. Whereas, having an f/1.8 aperture (this being the smaller aperture number) the more shallow the depth of field. This also allows most light in.

Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed is how fast or slow the shutter opens to expose light into the cameras centre. The slower the shutter speed the more blur will be added to the shot. This shutter speed is best used at night, and is for low light. On the other end, a fast shutter speed is great for action shots, such as sports, and wildlife. A medium shutter speed is used for sunny days, involving group shots or outdoor shots.


ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The lower the ISO number the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increase the sensitivity of your camera. An ISO around 100 is best used for sunny days, and outdoors while an ISO of 1600+ is best for night photography.

So what does this mean overall when looking to achieve a great action shot? This means you want fast shutter speeds – around 1/1000th a second. If you were looking to capture motion, such as the player running with a slight blur behind them, you would want slower shutter speeds- around 1/250th a second. Your ISO should be around 100 or 200 in good lighting (this may need to be higher if in low lighting) and your aperture should be set anywhere from mid range to a larger aperture depending on the depth-of-field you are looking to achieve. On the positive side, if there are parts of your photo you are still not happy with there is always great programs and top software for photographers to digitally edit their photos.

Now that you know more about the settings you should be using, you can test out these functions together to captures amazing quality photos during your next sporting game outing. Don’t be hard on yourself if you do not get ‘the one’ the first couple of times. It takes practice and lots of shots. Thankfully, for the type of technology with cameras today the amounts of shots you can take are endless.



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