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What to Bring for the Full Experience of Sports Photography

Ask Arie Eric De Jong what photography genre he has had the most fun doing, it would be sports photography.  He believes it is one of the most exciting and challenging genres of photography.  The most iconic sports images tell tons of legendary stories about athletes and what they accomplished.  And even the photos taken in Little League games in small communities are overflowing with emotions. 

According to Arie Eric De Jong, shooting sports events may be overwhelming at times, even for photographers who have experience in other types of photography.  The greatest moments of a game, match, or race may happen with the snap of a finger or blink of an eye.  This is why alertness and anticipation are both keys to a successful sports photography shoot, and sports photographers have to be as focused as the athletes themselves.

For today’s blog, Arie Eric De Jong shares a list of the most important photography gear for every sports photographer for the full experience. 

1. A (good) camera:  For legit sports photographers, an ordinary camera won’t cut it.  A high-end camera, preferably a Canon or Nikon, will be a great tool to have during sporting events.  While entry-level DSLRs are already amazing by themselves, young sports photographers can’t go wrong investing in high-quality mirrorless cameras.  Just ask any accomplished sports photographer.

2. (Powerful) zoom lenses:  There is a harsh reality when it comes to sporting events – the seats are limited.  Given this fact, Arie Eric De Jong mentions that photographers won’t have the best spots for taking pictures on many occasions.  Because of this, zoom lenses are invaluable tools to capture clear and crisp shots of the action.

3. A (sturdy) tripod:  Anyone who has been to a huge sporting event knows only too well how the combined energy of the people in the area can sometimes cause the atmosphere in the stadium or arena to vibrate.  It can also happen that the winds may cause blurring of the shots.  Having a sturdy tripod set up can eliminate or at least minimize blurring. 

4. A (dependable) rain cover:  A lot of sporting events are held outdoors.  As such, Arie Eric De Jong advises photographers to check the weather and pack with them gear rain cover to keep the camera equipment safe and dry if the skies turn dark, and it should start to rain.