As a photography hobbyist and former semi-pro I have had quite a bit of experience in the arena of sports photography. For me sports photography was a natural fit as I am an avid sports fan and love the excitement of trying to snap that great shot right when the moment happens.
For me, none of this would have been possible without digital photography. By being able to immediately review my images on my laptop I am able to make all the adjustments I need on the fly. So when that breakaway goal is scored late in the second half I have had a chance to adjust and re-adjust my camera so I can capture the moment perfectly.
As a photographer, athletes are coming at you very quickly and the focus points can be tricky. I find along with that the lighting varies in different spots and angles on an indoor court and when outdoors you need to always take into consideration where the sun is overhead and the changing cloud conditions.
While I would like to take a perfect shot every time, I am just not that good nor will I ever be. That is why I never miss an opportunity to review the images I have taken. The instant feedback of being able to view my own work has been every bit as valuable as any instruction I have received. Knowing what angles are working best with the lighting and how to adjust my equipment gives me an edge I would not have without the digital format.
Many of my best shots can be considered lucky by others and that I just happened to be in the right place in the right time. But most all of them were later in the game when I have had a chance to make adjustments and put myself in a position to be successful. It’s amazing how lucky one can get when they put in the work to get there.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian