Shooting Football

And so the new season begins in earnest…………..time to re-learn how to shoot football again!!

It’s amazing how quickly you get out of practice shooting certain things and for me after a couple of months off I finally got back to sports photography.

Of course my timing is way off and everyone that I hadn’t seen for a couple of months wanted a chat. Great to be back doing something you love, but I gotta get the shot guys.

I thought it might be a good time to share some tips and settings on how I approach Football (sometimes called soccer) as I though it may help.

Know the game you’re shooting: I am lucky that I have been photographing football for over 5 years now and therefore can anticipate where the action will be. Having said that I still miss shots, mainly cause I am chatting (another passion of mine) so I am not perfect.(who knew) A good tip is to watch some games before the one you’re going to shoot, look at where things happen relative to the ball in certain situations, goal kicks, throw-ins , this will all help you to focus and anticipate the action.

Camera Set-up: Think about what shots you want, are they mostly action shots??? What time of the day will you be shooting??? Which lenses will you need??

Typically for me I have my camera set-up as follows:




Shooting Mode                                 Aperture Priority

Shutter Speed:                                 1/1000s – continuous shooting mode

Aperture:                                            F 5.6 or lower

ISO:                                                        100 to 1600 this depends largely on the available light*

Focus Mode:                                      Multiple points/Centre Weighed/AF-C

Lenses:                                                 150-500mm/70-300mm

SD Cards:                                             SanDisk 16 GB Extreme Pro x2

*Key for me is to ensure I keep my shutter speed high to freeze the action and have a nice blurred out background

Take plenty of shots: You have the luxury of digital technology so use it, take multiple shots. It not unusual to fire 1000 shots during a game. You will get a lot of missed shots, blurry images, etc….so by increasing the amount of shots you take the chances are you will get a few you can use. If I fire 900 to 1000 shots in a match, I will be happy if I get 20 photos that stand out and are usable. Keep shooting after a goal is scored or there is an incident on the park, or the crowd becomes vocal, this will help you to capture the emotion around the contest.

Look for the best view point and vary it: Many of the grounds I shoot at have restricted access or are not perfect to shoot at. This is just a fact of life, so get as close as possible and be prepared to move several times during the match. This also applies to your camera angle, go high, go low, the key is don’t be static.

Spare everything: As photographers we are a little paranoid about a whole range of things, especially gear failure. So bring spare memory cards, spare batteries, a back-up lenses, etc…just in case. It’s good to get in a routine on the night before a match in charging and packing everything you need. Remember over time you will figure out what to pack and what you don’t need, however when you start always have more than you need to give you choices.

Share your Images: Please make sure you are able to share your images and get feedback on them. For me I use a Facebook page and get direct feedback from players, coaches, family, spectators, etc…. I also use my images as end of season’s gifts plus a DVD of the season, all of which helps me gain better and better creative shots.

The most important thing is to have fun, learn the basics and then experiment, be creative once your comfortable.

Happy Shooting


Bonnyrigg White Eagles crowned NSW Manchester Cup Champions

Monday, 7 March 2011

Bonnyrigg White Eagles have been crowned NSW Manchester Cup Champions after defeating the Sutherland Sharks 2-1 in the Grand Final held at Seymour Shaw Park over the weekend.
The White Eagles took on Bankstown in the Semi-Finals on Saturday 5thMarch and defeated their rivals 4-2 on penalty shoot-outs while Sutherland recorded a narrow victory over Sydney Olympic with a 1-0 win.

The Grand Final stage was set as the Bonnyrigg White Eagles took on the Sutherland Sharks in front of a healthy crowd and from all reports the match was played at a feverish pace.

It was the White Eagles who were left smiling in the end however as they defeated a 10-men Sharks outfit 2-1 which sent the players and fans into raptures.

The White Eagles went throughout the whole tournament undefeated and only conceded two goals in seven matches which was a massive achievement towards Greg Carluccio’s squad.

Bonnyrigg’s Club Secretary George Mandic was delighted with the club’s progress and was proud of his coaching staff and players.

Carluccio was equally delighted with his squad’s achievement at Seymour Shaw on the weekend.

“We have no superstars, just a group of hard working boys that play as a team and with their heart.

“We were the underdogs but we showed everyone what football is all about.”

The club now travel to Melbourne on the 2nd of April to contest in the Australian Titles with the winner playing travelling to Manchester for the 2011 Manchester Cup.

source: fnsw