From this video on Kelbytv.com
These came near the end, and I thought they were worthy tips to pass on to you:
1. Shoot at least at 1/1000th of a second in order to stop the action.
2. Turn off any vibration reduction system because these do introduce vibrations (intended to counteract the normal vibrations). But the system is unnecessary when you're shooting at 1000th of a second.
3. Shoot JPG so that you can take faster sequences of shots. RAW is going to not going to be so fast. You want fast.
4. Shoot in aperture priority mode so that you can keep the f/stop wide open. This will keep your subject sharp and isolated by throwing the background out of focus.
5. Shoot from a low perspective. It's an unusual point of view and the players will look bigger.
Frankly, these aren't just tips for shooting sports. They all apply to other types of photography at various times.
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