Filming High-Speed Sports – In Action | What is the most exhilarating part of watching sports in action? To us, it is that feeling of not knowing what move the athlete is going to take next. Audiences are hooked on the spontaneity. Yet, this can also be the most challenging aspect when you want to make sure you catch the athletes’ every move on tape. Since filming sports is a completely different “ball game”, here are some tips and tricks to make sure you get the best possible shots of athletes doing their thing, whether it is on the field, in the rink, or on the court.
First off, you are going to want to use a wide-angle lens. Of course, there is going to be an urge to zoom in on the cool stuff so the audience can feel like they’re really there. But sometimes that is a risky move. For the most part, you want to keep the wide lenses to catch the action going around everywhere so you don’t miss out on anything else cool.
Make sure to get all the athletes’ angles, not just the pretty ones! Take every opportunity to find unique places to shoot from. You don’t want to be basic. It might be fun for you to view the game as a spectator but think about the audience. Try getting some shots from below if you can or even better, film from high ground. From up above you can better see players interact and the coaches figuring out their next move.
Finally, find some inspiration! Each sport is so different so do some research beforehand to get some ideas for the shoot. It is okay to put your own style on it. While it is essential to get all of the action, sometimes you want it to feel personable too. The audience wants to feel connected to the players and the game, so it feels like they’re on the field with them.
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