Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ignoring Conventional Wisdom

Conventional wisdom says that when you are shooting sports, you need fast shutter speeds to capture the action. In many cases that is true, but there are times when you need to break with conventional wisdom and try something new. So the opposite of conventional thinking for sports photography would be using slow shutter speeds, and that was exactly what I experimented with for a short time last night.

The shot above was taken at 1/25s, hand held, verse the usual speeds (1/640s or faster) that I would use for tennis. I simply waited for the tennis ball to come towards the player in the frame and release the shutter. The end result is that the motion and speed of the sport is captured.