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The picture at the top is one subject of photography I have not done, or maybe have done when my children were younger. But, for me, doing sports photography is something I have never done before, seriously. So, I know what I need to do, and that is the point of this blog today: to challenge you to go out and take pictures of something you never have done before.

What, have you never taken pictures of before? Wild animals, street photography, architecture (you can see I’m picking hard subjects), sports, etc. Could you do it if someone asked you? Let’s take a look at my personal subject: SPORTS!

50 subject in photography! Some of these subjects make sense, but some are hard. Today’s subject is very subjectional. It’s on: Learning how to take photos of something you never have done before! Read and learn:

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Thinking this through, what specifics would I want to use in taking pictures of sports? Let’s look at what we know:

  • Most sports activities are very fast moving?
  • Is the lighting favorable to stop action?
  • Big question: Do I have the right equipment to do this type of photography?
  • What angle is the best to get great photos?
  • Can I get to a place to get good photos?
  • Will I get injured if I am too close? (Really? How many photographers get injured?)
  • And finally, what kind of photos do I take? Action? Athlete portrait? Crowds reaction?
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Photo by Connor Coyne on Unsplash

And then, the next thing I think about, with the above questions in my mind:

  • Can my cell phone take great photos of SPORTS?
  • Can I stop action with my camera?
  • Will I be able to get some close-ups of my athletes?
  • Should I try to get the reactions of some of the audience?

These above questions are a bit more difficult to answer, unless you have a pro model smartphone camera. The pro models that are out there, have bigger lenses so you can zoom in on the athletes. Also, snapping the audience reactions will be easier if you have built-in telephoto lenses. I know my smartphone camera has the capability of shooting with a higher shutter speed. Do you know how to use these features?

Check the instructions of your smart phone to make sure you can do what you want to do. If it’s not sports, maybe something different, these kind of questions might work for you as well.

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Photo by Jonathan Chng on Unsplash

In the next couple of weeks, we are going to have the Winter Olympics in China. Watch the photographers, and then notice the photos that come from these photographers. There is a lot to learn. But you can learn about how they frame the subjects, and at what point do they snap the pictures? Studying the works of other photographers, helps me, to learn about photographing something I have never done before.

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Now, take a look at a subject that you have never done before. Ask the right questions, learn before you go what the conditions are, and then figure out what settings your camera should be on. One of the tough subjects is “portraits of men”. Could you do the same great job as the photo below? Of course you can. A lot of succeeding in photography is to practice, and if it doesn’t come out, try again, until you get it right.

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I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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