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Mastering Sports Photography: Techniques, Gear & Inspiration

Sports photography offers an exciting avenue for creativity, where the dynamic interplay of action and emotion presents an endless canvas for storytelling. However, it also presents its unique set of challenges. How does one consistently produce fresh and compelling images? How can one convey the essence of a specific location or event? What equipment choices are optimal for capturing motion with precision? These questions can be never-ending, but fortunately the vast resource of knowledge available on YouTube is a treasure trove for those seeking answers. 

We've curated a selection of accomplished photographers who generously share their insights into the world of sports photography, revealing their gear preferences and techniques for capturing those exhilarating action shots. We encourage you to explore their channels and, of course, subscribe to stay updated on their valuable content. And let's not forget to subscribe to the Sony Alpha Universe YouTube Channel for an abundance of photography and videography content.

Jason Hermann

Jason Hermann is a photographer, content creator, and the voice behind SonyAlphaLab. On his Youtube channel, he reviews gear including cameras, lenses and accessories. He also creates beginner oriented tutorials to help people get going with new gear. In the video below he sets up the Sony Alpha 7C for sports photography. He talks through the menus on the camera and why he likes certain settings for capturing sports images. He pairs the camera with the Sony 70-200mm f/4 G and he talks through some aspects of the lens he finds helpful for fast action imagery. Learn more by checking out the video below:

Patrick Fogarty 

Patrick Fogarty is a filmmaker who focuses on sports, adventure, and skating. He’s based on the east coast and he shares YouTube videos on his gear and how to be successful in filmmaking. In the video below, he talks through his favorite lens, the Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G. He showcases some sports footage he filmed with this lens. He states that the lens is terrific in low light when he pairs it with his Sony FX3. And he says the autofocus is “lightning fast” For more informative and humorous videos, be sure to subscribe to Partick’s channel.

Matt Hernandez

Sports and senior photographer Matt Hernandez is a true artist when it comes to lighting, capturing action, and portraiture. He knows how to make a dynamic and interesting shot in any conditions. Hernandez shares this knowledge on YouTube. In the video below, Matt talks through how he created dynamic sports portraits in his driveway. This is a great example of how the right gear and good lighting can make any place a studio. Matt shoots with the Sony Alpha 7R V, Sony Alpha 1, Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II and the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 G Master II

Nick Page

Nick Page is a photographer and content creator who has over 151K subscribers on Youtube. He primarily shoots landscapes but will shoot anything fun, if given the chance! In this video, Nick is shooting an NFL game with the Sony Alpha 9 and the Sony 400mm f/2.8 G Master along with the Sony 1.4X Teleconverter. He said that this was by far the best camera setup he’d ever used. In the video, you’ll get to see a bit of behind the scenes at the game and Nick’s RAW images and how he edited them. 

Beyond The Game

This creator is an Australia-based filmmaker  with years of experience producing content and video for various sports clubs, leagues and more. He founded Beyond the Game, a source of inspiring and educational sports videography content for emerging creators. The goal through his YouTube Channel is to provide viewers with all the guidance and tools they need to tell their own sports stories. Check out his video below where he talks through what he believes are the best picture profiles for filming sports on Sony cameras. Subscribe to his channel for weekly posts with more information on how to shoot sports videos.

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