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  • Apr 5, 2014 · 8:45 AM
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Hi Fellow Photographers!

Group member Chris W helps to organize a soccer charity that also is present on They are having another tournament this Saturday morning. I am attending and will practice my sports photography. I had a blast last Saturday and really started to get the hang of it. See some of the pictures here. There is no charge but please submit your best shots to support Chris' charities.

Here is an excerpt from a note Chris sent me....

I'm not sure if you know but I help run a soccer charity that also has a presence here on We organize Co-ed pickup games for the purpose of raising money for our charity partners.

This Saturday, April 5th, we will be hosting a 4hr long 6 team round robin style tournament from 9am to 1pm. There will be 2 games, 7v7, going on at the same time on adjoining fields in L.I.C. during this whole time period. In addition there will be some occasional side line games for any times not actively on the field. Here is the Meetup link for our event:

The reason I am reaching out is that there is just way to much going on for me to help run this and photograph it for our charity and charity partners. So what I am trying to find out is if there maybe a photography group that is interested in doing their own meetup event to come practice sports/action photography at either or both of our events.

Thanks for your help

Chris W

Equipment... A monopod for a heavy camera/lens combo will useful, long zooms such as a[masked]MM or longer is important. If you have a teleconverter, that will help as well. Use a lens hood.

Tips: For shutter speed to freeze action, multiply the focal length at least 4 times (ex. 200mm x 4 = 1/800 of a second shutter speed). This is a minimal shutter speed, higher (such as 1/1200) would be better. Panning a camera to the action will work if you keep the shutter speed equal or slightly higher than you lens focal length.

Go for many shooting angles and vantage points (low to the ground, behind the goalie net, from each sideline, etc...) and follow the ball. Since we will be shooting in the morning, keep the sun to your back so that the players faces will be lit when they run in your direction, this will give good contrast to the photos.

Set the focus mode to continuous focusing (AI Servo AF Canon/AF-C Nikon), also think about prefocusing at a select spot (such as goalie shots); camera setting to shutter priority or manual and auto iso. Also, keeping the aperture between 2.8 and 5.6 will give a generally good bokeh in the background and help to isolate your subject.

As with any photo meetup but especially sporting events, please take precautions. A soccer ball had zipped past my head last week. Attend at your own risk.

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  • Chris W

    Thanks again for your support Patrick!!!

    April 13, 2014

    • Patrick

      No problem, it was fun. Thanx Chris

      1 · April 13, 2014

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