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A beginner's guide to sports photography
A beginner must start with amateur sports photography or other fast changing actions, such as taking photos of children playing in community playground or in streets, as a part of vernacular photography.

If one pays attention to some basic tips, one can take extremely nice pictures of the frozen actions.

Therefore, for sports photography, the first thing is to keep the camera at the burst or continuous mode to keep up with movements of the players or person in action. For this kind of setting, one has to press the release button manually for every shot.

Second thing is that one has to become skilled at panning the camera smoothly which requires some practice to become skillful at it. Also, it would be appropriate to have the camera in the aperture priority mode.

Thirdly, keep the lens settings at 2.8 or go for image stabilizer and focus mode, if this option is available in the camera.

Fourthly, select the focusing distance range from 3m to infinity mode for quicker focusing while standing in a position so as to have light on the faces of the players.

Fifthly, use a fast shutter speed and keep it at least 1/500th of a second to freeze movement of the player.

Sixthly, a low ISO of 400 will be good enough, if there is plenty of light on the playfield. However, if it is a dull overcast day, increase the ISO value to a range of 800-1200.

Lastly, experiment and take a lot of shots to practice and learn from experience since the place, situations and conditions vary from place to place and the timings of the event.

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