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Learn how to take great action photos in Sports Photography: How to Capture Action and Emotion from Allworth Press. In this easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide, co-authors Peter Skinner & Bob Kuhn offer up detailed information on equipment, film and digital techniques. You'll learn how to get crisp, clear shots that capture the movement, grace, emotion and mood of sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, kayaking, rock climbing, soccer, stickball and swimming. The book is illustrated with 211 images from sports photography legends such as Walter Iooss, Ben Chen, Bob Gomel, Duane Hart, Mark Johnson, as well as six other photographers and the authors' personal archives. Complete with self-assignments and special projects, Sports Photography is an essential primer for sports fans, parents, beginners, and aspiring professionals alike.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Choosing the Right Equipment
The Right Camera for You?, What to Look For When Buying an SLR System, What to Look for in a Camera, Lenses, The Crop Factor - Film Camera Lenses on Digital Cameras, Tripods & Monopods, Flash, Minimalism is a Good Idea, Camera Bags and Jackets, Looking After Your Equipment in the Field, Cleaning the DSLR Sensor
Chapter 2: Digital or Film
The Digital Advantage, Digital Drawbacks, On Using Film, Selecting Image Quality, Color Temperature & White Balance for Digital Cameras, Customizing White Balance, Color Correcting Film, Filters Outdoors, Imaging Software, Useful Peripherals, Battery Longevity
Chapter 3: Exposure and Lighting
Exposure - Get it Right at the Start, Measuring Light Intensity, In-Camera Metering Systems, Understanding Basic Daylight Exposure, The Sunny f/16 Rule, Exposure Based on BDE, Approximating Middle Gray, Quality & Direction of Light
Chapter 4: Capturing the Action
Location, Position & Planning, The Peak of Action, Essentials to Capture the Action, Timing, Anticipation & Knowing the Athletes, Point-and-Shoot Cameras, Shooting in Artificial Light, Focusing Skills, Slow Shutter Speeds & Panning the Action, Different Lenses for Different Looks, The Direction & Speed of the Action, Shoot Economically to Save Film or Card Storage, Faces Are Important, Game's Over - Keep Shooting, Shooting Different Sports, Look & Learn from the Pros
A Collection of Action Images
Chapter 5: The Emotion of Sport
Celebration, Excitement & Jubilation, Tension & Strain, Heroics & Heroism, Dejection & Disappointment, Confrontation, Encouragement & Support, Planning to Capture Those Emotional Moments, What Equipment to Use
Chapter 6: The Aesthetics & Moods of Sport
Capturing the Atmosphere Within a Stadium, The Great Outdoors, It's All in the Details
Chapter 7: Getting Access & Working with Sports Groups
Contacting the Right People, Get it in Writing, Legally Speaking
Chapter 8: Self-Assignments & Special Projects
The Photo Essay, Getting Started, Self-Assignment Triathalon, Self-Assignment Possibilities, The Team Approach, Testing Yourself with Just One Lens, Exhibiting the Work and Getting Sponsorship
Chapter 9: Sports Photography for Love or Money
On Specializing, Sports Photography is Competitive, Covering Costs, Find a Good Lab, All Under One Roof, On-Site Coverage & Service, Getting Noticed, Stock Photography, Workshops & Information Resources, Following Your Dream - Diane Kulpinski
Chapter 10: Insights - Putting Things into Perspective with Walter Iooss
Street Games & Stickball, The Vision Behind the Sporting Life, The Backyard Field of Dreams, Empathy & Simpatico, Walls as Backgrounds, Shooting for the Gold, On Going Digital, On Being Versitile, The Definitive Image