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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Sidelight Books (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983503818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983503811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

For photographers who want to shoot tennis... For parents who love to take photos of their kids on court... For coaches who want to better document their players' technique... For fans who like to take photos at tournaments... You're about to take your best tennis photos ever.

The pages of Photographing Tennis: A Guide for Photographers, Parents, Coaches & Fans offer a breakdown of everything the photographer needs to know before heading to court: how to choose the right gear, how to choose positions to shoot from, strategies for composing photos, techniques for timing, how to capture the ball and freeze motion, and more.

Complete with 120 photos and 15 illustrations, Photographing Tennis will quickly have you creating winning shots on court.

About the Author

Chris Nicholson is a photographer, writer and former editor for Tennis magazine. A tennis photographer since 1995, he has covered the US Open, Australian Open, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, International Tennis Hall of Fame and other events on and off the pro tours. His tennis photography and writing have appeared in Tennis magazine, USTA Magazine, Tennis Life, Tennis Buyers Guide, Tennis Industry, Racquet Sports Industry, Wired, the New York Times, the US Open program, and other tennis and sports publications throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

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Chris Nicholson is a photographer, writer and former editor for Tennis magazine. A tennis photographer since 1995, he has covered the US Open, Australian Open, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, International Tennis Hall of Fame and other events on and off the pro tours. His tennis photography and writing have appeared in Tennis magazine, USTA Magazine, Tennis Life, Tennis Buyers Guide, Tennis Industry, Racquet Sports Industry, Wired, the New York Times, the US Open program, and other tennis and sports publications throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

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He was an excellent presenter, and the photos were great.
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Its an easy to use resource that I will rely on for technical advice as well as learning from the many color photos in the book.
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The book takes the reader to constantly look for angles that one never thinks about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven on September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Let me begin by saying the book is FULL of information. This book goes over the obvious questions everyone has such as gear to use and exposure settings, but get's as specific as to what kinds of tennis strokes are photographed best from what angle, with what lens, with what composition and in what kind of light! Though many "rules" or suggestions are made throughout this book, the book continues to remind the reader that rules are meant to be broken and that you should experiment to find your own personal style when photographing sports.

Negatives:
- There are a few points in the book where there are so many ideas are being discussed in the same paragraph that you may feel he is rambling on and it may be easy to get confused. Just stop, take a deep breath and re-read the paragraph.

Positives:
- Almost all of the "rules" and tips discussed in the book, though are geared toward tennis, apply to all sports photography. In addition many suggestions follow important rules of photography in general.
- The specific information given is invaluable. "Photographing Tennis" doesn't just touch the surface of topics, it goes well into depth leaving you with few if any questions.
- The photographs and diagrams enhance all the topics being discussed.
- This is a great reference. If there is a topic you have questions on it's easy to locate an answer, read up, and improve your photos.
- This book really tries to turn you into a GWC (guy with a camera), to someone who is taking professional quality images.

This book is a must have for sports photographers looking to improve their images. Before investing in another piece of equipment, spend a few bucks on this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Marcus on August 31, 2012
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I love shooting tennis, whether it's my 11 year old playing USTA or the pro's at the US Open. This book really helped. It gives a lot of useful info and is laid out in a way that makes it quick and easy to find the topics that are important to you. This isn't a book where the text overwhelms you.

I've had the book for a week. I've already seen a big improvement in the photos I've taken at the US Open. Its an easy to use resource that I will rely on for technical advice as well as learning from the many color photos in the book.

Considering my investment in lenses, camera, etc., this book is an absolute bargain.
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Perfect for learning how to take those critical shots during a fast moving tennis match. The book takes the reader to constantly look for angles that one never thinks about.
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Everything you need to know to get you started, as a semi / professional, in the field of sports photography.
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By Lambert on September 18, 2012
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I recently attended a two-hour seminar by the author, Chris Nicholson, about - what else? - photographing tennis (in general), and more specifically, the US Open. Despite the time limitation, the seminar was filled with plenty of useful advice and helpful insights. He was an excellent presenter, and the photos were great. I also bought a copy of his book to augment what I had learned, and it did not disappoint.

Although I've been photographing for many years now, I've never shot tennis before, and have not even been to a match at any level. His talk and photos inspired me to go to the US Open and shoot some. OK, a lot. This book certainly helped me start off on the right foot. The book is very comprehensive and easy to follow, covering topics like:
- Professionalism and etiquette
- Equipment - cameras, lenses, teleconverters, filters, support,
- Shooting angles, composition and backgrounds
- Lighting - natural light, artificial light, mixed light
- Technique - auto, manual
- Timing your shots for best results
- Different types of tennis strokes
- Includes many great photographs
- An appendix of online resources
... and more.

I found much of the advice very helpful. You don't have to read the book sequentially; it's OK to go back and forth between chapters. But please read the first chapter; there's a reason why it's chapter one. I will certainly re-read the book next time before shooting. The book will be well worth your while.
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