Hockey is a fun and fast sport, but it can also be incredibly challenging to photograph. This guide, presented as a series of posts, will give some understanding on how you can take better hockey pictures.
Hockey is the best.
That might be my Canadian bias speaking, but I don’t care. It’s the best.
Where else can you experience all the thrills of players thunderously checking each other over the boards and shooting frozen bits of rubber at ankle-breaking speeds, all while having knives strapped to their feet?
Seriously, it’s the best.
Then, while all this is going on, you’re standing in the corner with a camera and wondering how to translate everything unfolding before your eyes onto the LCD screen.
Welcome, my friend, to the exciting world of hockey photography.
So how do I take better hockey pictures?
To get hockey pictures you can be proud of, you need to understand the constraints you are working with.
Photography is about light, and you generally don’t have much light to work with. Combine that with the fact that the players are whizzing past at breakneck speeds and you have some truly challenging work conditions.
By understanding your limitations and setting up your camera to deal with them (whether you have a iPhone or a top-of-the-line DSLR), you can take pictures that will make people say “Wow!”
You will also take hundreds of pictures that will be blurry, boring and completely worthy of being deleted. So there’s that to look forward to as well.
Practice makes perfect!
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