For sports fans who love photography, capturing the action and emotion of a sporting event can be one of the biggest photographic challenges and rewards. Whether you’re photographing professionals in action or your child’s weekend sporting event, here’s an overview of the sports photography gear you’ll want to consider when starting out.
Every style of photography has its own unique features and challenges that help determine the gear you need. Sports photography is typically defined by:
More recently, with the advent of sports action cameras from companies such as GoPro, athletes or participants themselves have been able to capture sports photography from a first-person perspective. While that’s not the focus of this buying guide, sports action cameras are definitely an option to consider for those who also compete in relevant sports like surfing, skiing and BMX.
The best camera for sports photography will typically have the following features:
For those looking to capture images from a first-person participant perspective, action shot cameras like a GoPro or 360° action cam provide an interesting alternative.
Sports photography is most commonly associated with bigger zoom lenses. But you’ll want to consider a number of other important factors and lens options to determine the best sports photography lens for you:
(All focal lengths above are full frame equivalent)
To complement your sports photography camera and lens, here’s a few additional accessories that will make shooting from the sidelines a little easier: