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Sports Photography: How to Capture Action and Emotion [Kindle Edition]

Peter Skinner
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Book Description

Seasoned sports photographer Peter Skinner uses 211 stunning examples from the work of Walter Ioss, Ben Chen, Bob Gomel, Duane Hart, Mark Johnson, and six other renowned photographers—as well as his personal archives—to show exactly how to take great action photos. Whether the subject is baseball or basketball, rock climbing or golf, kayaking or soccer or stickball or swimming, Sports Photography offers comprehensive, detailed, easy-to-understand information on how to get crisp, clear shots that capture the movement, grace, and mood of the moment. Special projects and self-assignments, plus detailed information on equipment, film and digital techniques, showing emotion, and more, make this the essential primer for sports fans, parents, beginners, or aspiring professionals. Get into the game with Sports Photography.

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About the Author

Peter Skinner, a sports photographer and journalist, is a contributing editor for Rangefinder magazine and the editor of two editions of the ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography from the American Society of Media Photographers. He lives in Australia.

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  • File Size: 4271 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple June 11, 2007
At one time or another, a serious photographer will be asked to take pictures of a young relative at a sports event, or of some local team. There will also be times when a photographer will attend a major sports event and have the urge to capture the event on film or digital media. The photographer may realize that sports photography may be just different enough from his regular fare to warrant some additional study. This fast-reading book is aimed at filling that gap.

After a general introduction, the book starts out with a consideration of necessary equipment, including a comparison of digital media and film, and then goes on to a brief discussion of light and exposure. Thereafter the book is mostly concerned about the content of sports photographs. The author points out such considerations as selecting the best position, capturing the peak action, and the importance of the direction and speed of the action. There are discussions of the most important aspects of photographing specific sports, like cycling, ice skating and surfing. These discussions are necessarily brief but usually provide good tips for the inexperienced sports photographer. The book also has sections that deal with the emotions of sport, the aesthetics and moods of sport, getting access and working with sports groups, and self assignments. After discussing the possibility of making money photographing sports, there is an examination of the careers of several sports photographers.

All of the pictures in the book, taken by top-flight sports photographers, are excellent, and the writing is simple and clear. Indeed, I suspect it may be too simple for anyone but the neophyte sports photographer.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book For Any Photographer! July 24, 2007
Being an instructor of Photography, I am constantly on the lookout for a book which can help teach my students the "softer art" of picture making. Whether you're a novice nature photographer or a seasoned professional photojournalist, capturing emotion, drama, and a sense of spirit in a photograph, is something every serious photographer strives to achieve in their work. It is this ability that is at the core of a photographer's success, and yet, it is the most difficult aspect to teach. When a master of this craft creates an easy to understand, comprehensive guide, on how to accomplish this, it is worth taking notice! This book, Sports Photography - How to Capture Action and Emotion, by Peter Skinner, is a shining example of a master photographer realizing and sharing this gift with others.

Starting out with a general overview of the concepts behind Sports Photography, Mr. Skinner takes the reader on a quick narrative journey through many past successful images that he and other great photographers have shared with us over the years. The photography in this book, contributed by Mr. Skinner himself, as well as many other top professionals, is absolutely stunning! Although this book concentrates more on composition and capturing "peak" moments, and less on the fundamentals, like exposure, Mr. Skinner did include the advanced "tricks of the trade" all of us should know, like sunny 16 rule, use of a grey card for proper exposure, and other helpful bits of knowledge usually reserved for the more advanced photographer.

It's knowing and applying these subtle tricks that help us all create better images.

I also appreciated the author's emphasis on the use of film cameras and digital point and shoot technology.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for intermediate to expert photographers December 15, 2007
By Cathy
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I am a teacher with a side business in photography. I am my school's official photographer. For my situation, as a semi-professional photographer who is frequently faced with shooting a sport with which I am not intimately familiar, this was an excellent reference. It would also be great for a parent who is into photography and wants to get great shots of their kids' games.

The best part of this book was its detailed discussion of "peak action" - the moment when the One Great Shot happens. It goes sport-by-sport to talk about how to predict and capture peak action - technical camera details, mental aspects, where to stand to get the best shot, and how to get coaches and officials to let you stand there.

The book also included a brief discussion of when to get a release and how to market your photos. Although neither was dealt with in detail, it provided a framework for further research into these two topics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sports Photography 101 January 8, 2009
It's an O.K. read. Maybe a little dated... For example: Digital or Film. Really? Seemed to state the obvious too often... like to get good at sports photography you have to go out and shoot sports... Good end of chapter recaps: "Points to Ponder"... Not much depth in any topic... Some good tips in each chapter but you have to watch for them because he doesn't dwell on any one thing too long... Good chapter introducing photographer interested in getting into the business.
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