Hey everyone, looking forward to meeting new photographers...
Welcome to the Forum Jim, very good action shot, enjoy the site.
Yep, that image has definitely got the "wow" factor...
Welcome to the forum Jim. Well timed image.
Welcome to UHH Jim, glad you joined us. There are many sections to the forum, sports being one of them. At the top of the page click on "Home". Go all the down the page and click on "All Sections". Then subscribe to the ones that interest you.
Have fun, learn and enjoy the forum.
Welcome to the forum Jim.
I love sports photography and the technical aspects of needing to know your camera and lenses to shot 1/750 to 1/1500 shutter speeds in low (crappy) lighting without flash (gymnastics mostly). I'm always trying new things and expanding my portfolio.
Here's an example of my work to give you perspective on what I shoot and skill level.
Great Capture indeed. I am a 68 year old beginner of about 3 years, have not yet attempted Sports Photography, would like to gain knowledge from you and others in this aspect of Photography.
Will look forward to seeing more of your work and hearing about your techniques. My Granddaughter is at Level 8 in gymnastics and my Grandson plays basketball. I have trouble getting good shots without noise in that kind of low lighting. My fastest lens is 3.5 and I'm shooting with a Canon7D. Not the best for low light sports, but it's what I have. Looking forward to seeing more.
You will need to get a lens that has f/2.8 typically so that more light gets to the sensor and you can back off the ISO. I use 4500 as a maximum amount of ISO to get photos without too much noise. The least expensive option for those lenses are the f/1.8 Prime lenses. You lose zoom however you gain about 2 full stops so you can back off the ISO.
You can push your camera control settings (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape) in-camera for the bright adjustment settings to get more out of jpgs but remember that these don't apply to RAW images.
I like shooting Basketball with primes (35mm, 50mm, 85mm) because they allow me to get bright photos that are sharp with little/no barrel distortion and can creatively crop in post to get the story you saw in-person.
Hope that helps and thank you to everyone that said hi to welcome me to the forum!