Beginner Sports Photography, with Scott Kelby

Join Scott Kelby as he teaches you everything you need to know to take your sports photography to the next level!

If you’re interested in learning how to shoot sports like a pro then this is the class for you! The same basic principles apply whether you are shooting your kids on the weekends or covering a professional sporting event. You’ll learn about the gear you need to bring the viewer into the heart of the action, the camera settings that allow you to stop motion and achieve tack sharp focus, compositional techniques you can use to tell the story of what is happening in the game, how to get started on the road to gaining greater access to shooting professional level events, and so much more!

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 08:28)

After a brief introduction to the class Scott jumps into discussing camera bodies and settings to consider for sports photography.

Lesson 2: Lenses for Sports (Duration 07:09)

Your choice of lens will have a big impact on how close you can get to the action.

Lesson 3: Camera Settings (Duration 07:55)

There are three settings you need to understand for shooting sports.

Lesson 4: Focus (Duration 07:29)

Achieving tack sharp focus is critical. Scott shares a number of tips and settings to help you get the most out of your camera.

Lesson 5: Why Do the Pro's Shots Look Like They Do? (Duration 03:51)

There are a number of factors that set a professional photographer's sports photos apart from the rest.

Lesson 6: Which Types of Shots Make the Magazines? (Duration 02:40)

We can learn a lot about what types of photos appeal to others by studying the photos that get chosen for print in magazines.

Lesson 7: Composition and Storytelling (Duration 11:48)

How you compose your photographs is integral to the story you are trying to tell.

Lesson 8: Getting Credentials (Duration 04:43)

The road to getting access to professional sports starts with photographing at the amateur level.

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User…

24 Comments

  1. Scott your video on shooting sports is amazing and taught me more then any other video I've watched thus far. I only wish you could do more of the same with wildlife, portraits, etc. I've been a Kelby Training subscriber for a few years now and its this kind of video that I learn the most from and that has helped take my photography to a new level.

  2. Scott did a good job as usual. Good blend of information with actual examples of images.. I realize that this is not for beginners but maybe including a little bit on remote/control of flash.

  3. Once again Scott provides the game winning moves for photographers! Be it photo retouch or in this case sport photography, Scott covers the "must haves" in order to be successful. There is a ton of information packed into this presentation, so if you are interested in sports photography take the time to watch this training. You'll be glad that you did!

  4. I have subscribed to Kelby Training for about three years, and have learned so much. I have requested that you gear some of the videos to the average hobbiests and am happy to say that you have responded. I just watched "Beginner Sports Photography" and wanted to say that you hit it out of the park. I have been shooting varsity hs sports for three years now and was able to say "yeah, he is confirming what I have found to be true, or better yet, why didn't I think of that before". Thank you, Scott. I feel that the money for my subscription was well spent.

  5. Brilliant Scott! Thank you again for sharing and giving us your insight. Remember your story of how you became a guitar player instead of keyboard just because the guitar guy was happy to share and mentor - your stepwise guidance has similarly helped me to become a better photographer; glad to be a subscriber to Kelby Training!

  6. What a GREAT course!!! I have been shooting for awhile now and this course kept me wanting more, thanks! Now, how about doing something similar for Portraiture/Engagement sessions?

  7. Scott - this is awesome - this is exactly what I needed. The whole reason why I got into photography on a more serious level was because of my daughter playing competitive soccer. I've enjoyed it so much I am branching out to other areas - but I started with my first prosumer DSLR shooting sports. Boy did I jump into the deep end. The stuff covered here makes total sense, I can apply and put to use at the next game. Thanks!!

  8. Hi Scott, great course on Beginning Sports Photography. Two camera settings where I still have questions. Metering? Any recommendations on whether to set Evaluative, center-weighted, or spot? Focus point setting. One single point, focus area selection, or all focus points (automatic)? I would appreciate a brief response. Thanks, Pat

  9. Scott When do you shoot sports RAW and when do you shoot JPEG? I remember that you mentioned in a blog post that some NFL games you shoot JPEG because you don't have time for post processing. Thanks Jerred Golden

  10. Lots of valuable information Scott...I think one of your best points is to continue shooting even after the play or action...often times capturing emotion...also thought your detail shots were great story tellers On another note while you focused on DSLRs I have switched to mirrorless systems because of some tendonitis in my wrists . People hate on the Nikon 1 V1 but I find it to be a great sports shooter in bright sunlight . Using the 30-110...which becomes an 80 something to 270 with the crop factor...and using the tracking and 10 fps I recently was able to nail the athletes in frozen action at a BMX race...this was not just little Mikey , Scotty and Emily...this was the pro racers including 2x Olympic Champion Maris Stromberg of Latvia. Which brings me to another point . Sometimes here in Western PA you even need a credential to get on a high school football field...so my solution is to shoot sports that get very little exposure...I shoot BMX and Rugby (preferably 15's ...7's just moves too fast for me and I cannot keep up with the action ) where I can get really close to the action and it is OK with everyone . This is a great way to build one's portfolio . Also we have a low level professional soccer team...Pittsburgh Riverhounds...but you know what ...tomorrow they are playing a friendly against England's FA Cup Champions ...Wiggan Athletic...there is a standing room area which puts me 5 feet from the playing field ...sometimes I might have to wait for the action to come to me...but it is worth the wait Really nice course Scott...thanks for doing this

  11. Another amazing class from Scott!!! This course was exactly what I needed to get prepared for a golf outing that I am photographing! Excellent information and as always presented in a way that both the beginner and the advance can understand and learn from!! Thanks Scott!!!!

  12. After watching the video I tried taking shots at our local footy game and to my amazement I had most of them come out great, instead of just a few. A great tutorial to watch over again and learn.Thanks for giving me the confidence to keep taking shots at the games and not giving up.

  13. This was an excellent presentation of Sports Photography. I have been serious about action photography for a couple years now, and I wanted to view this to see if there was anything I was missing. I learned a couple concepts from this video and had a few things that I already do reinforced. Thank you!

  14. I really enjoyed your video on sports photography.. One thing I did not catch was do you shoot in jpeg or raw format. I am guessing you use jpeg.

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