Sports photography tips


Great sport photos happen in the blink of an eye so it's critical to be prepared. Join TV Host and Filmmaker, Zeke Piestrup, as he shares his favorite tips and tricks on how to capture the emotion, speed and thrill of your next sporting event like pro.


Hi, I'm Zeke Piestrup, and today we're going to talk about how to take great sports photos. Great sports moments usually happen within the blink of an eye, so you want to be ready with the right equipment.

Fast action shots. You're going to need a high performance HD camera with a fast shutter speed. A minimum speed of at least 1/1000 of a second will take clear images of people and things in motion.

Now let's talk about technique. When trying to get the best shot I like to use the continuous shooting mode, which gives you a burst of shots, increasing your chances of getting that decisive moment. Like when a soccer ball hits the back of the net, or when a football player catches the ball in midair. Also, you want to get close and low if you're shooting your friend skateboarding. It will make even the smallest of jumps look like massive air.

This camera captures six images in a fraction of a second and combines them to create an image with incredible detail and reduced subject blur. Try your cameras motion detection setting, as it automatically adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected.

When you're photographing athletes in bright light settings, sometimes a hat or a helmet may create a dark shadow over your subject's face. To reduce shadows, use your camera's flash. The flash on many cameras though, can wash out the subject. But this camera uses a natural flash to capture color just the way your eyes see it.

If you're going to be filming your subjects in low light at the end of the day, make sure your camera has a large image sensor. The larger the sensor, the more light it can take in, and the clearer your pictures will be in darker settings.

I also like to get some panoramic shots to show the setting in it's entirety. With the press of a button, this camera automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image.

Also try recordings some HD video with your camera. This one, here, records crystal clear high def video in full HD 1080 at 60 frames per second. This means you'll get rad fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HDTV, perfect when you want to play back video of your buddy eating it on his skateboard.

So get outdoors and get some great shots on the move. I'm Zeke for Sony with Howdini. For more great tips and information visit

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  • Zeke Piestrup

    Zeke Piestrup TV Host & Filmmaker In 2010 Zeke Piestrup directed and produced the award-winning documentary "Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story" which debuted in a variety of film festivals in 2011. Piestrup is also the TV host of the Ski Channel's Moguls and has hosted other television shows for VH1 and Fuel TV. He has an extensive music industry background and hosted a radio show for LA's top radio station KROQ. The radio show featured LA based talent and helped launch careers for some of the biggest names in the business more about this expert »

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