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Sports Photography

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Bill Frakes

Apr 2013, Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN13: 9780321885708
ISBN10: 0321885708
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In Sports Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, author and sports photographer Bill Frakes shows you how to capture the key elements of sports photographs–motion and emotion, style and scene, place and purpose–whether you’re at a baseball tournament, a track meet, or a professional football game.

Starting with the basics of equipment, camera settings, and exposure, Bill covers the fundamental techniques of sports photography–understanding lighting, handling composition and focus, and timing peak action. He explains how to choose a shooting position on the field of play, identify the defining moments away from the action, and learn the etiquette of covering live sporting events. He then breaks down the shooting processes of specific sports, outlining the challenges and demands of each and showing how to isolate individual athletes in action.

Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the sports photo you want every time you pick up the camera.

  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
  • Get tips on shooting with long and short lenses, learning when to use them and why
  • Learn key techniques for photographing various sports, including football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and more
  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group to share your photos and ideas for great sports shots at flickr.com/groups/sportsphotographyfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

  • Teaches photography basics such as composition, focus, lighting, and depth of field
  • Offers tips on composing shots, anticipating action, and determining the best shooting position for capturing great sports images
  • Features beautiful images, clear design, friendly and knowledgeable voice

Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer and cofounder of Straw Hat Visuals. He has worked for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients, including Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, Nikon, and Reebok, and his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of websites, as well as on most major television networks. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work. Follow him on Twitter @billfrakes.

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