The Fargo Force (@FargoForce)take on the Lincoln Stars(@LincolnStars) tonight in Fargo, ND at the Scheels Arena(@ScheelsArena). The picture above shows where I usually photograph the game. There is a spot in between the player benches on the ice with no glass in front of it. I shoot from inside that area.
Sports in general are a bit tougher to photograph than stationary or slow moving subjects. Without getting too far into techy and photo nerd terms… Shutter Speed is greatly increased in sports photographer and especially in Hockey because of the lower light and speed of the game.
Here is a tip for sports photography. Point & Shoot cameras will sometimes have a “Sports” setting and this will increase the shutter speed on the camera and hopefully allow you to get some decent pictures. Light is always a factor though, lower the light will make it harder to get a decent picture. DSLR owners will have a little more to play with because of ability to change more of the settings. We will save that for a post on the basics of a camera.
Force games are extremely fun and tiring to photograph. Not having glass in front of me is a bit intense but is truly the best way to get crisp pictures. It keeps me on my toes with pucks and sticks flying into the area constantly. Its quite the perk to be able to be that close to the action and hear the coaches and players (sometimes)
A key to shooting hockey that I use is based on how one of hockey’s greats once said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” -Wayne Gretzky
Same with photographing the sport… knowing the game and being able to look ahead and be where the puck is going gives the photographer a better chance and getting the shot he/she wants. Same with hits… watching the player (Defensemen) skate near the blue line and then over to the boards near a player raises the odds he will hit the other player… I will tend to aim the lens that way.
Brings me to another quote from The Great One, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I am not saying go out there and “Burst” and shoot a huge amount of pictures in hopes of getting one good one… but don’t be afraid to shoot a few. Also remember that during the games… the action isn’t always where the puck is… watch the players on the bench and the coaches and be sure to check out the fans.
Puck drops at 7:05pm tonight at Scheels Arena! Go Force!