Photographing sport offers a huge number of creative possibilities, and it's a great chance to try out some of your camera's modes and features that you might not have used before.
Next time you go to a sports event, why not try shooting stunning action sequences, freezing motion and capturing the atmosphere of the game? These seven tips will help you make the most of your camera at the match, whether you're shooting with a compact or bridge camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS or a DSLR such as the Canon EOS 80D.
At sporting events most photographers will be shooting from the same angle, so think about ways you can set your images apart. Maybe you could lie on the ground and shoot from a low angle? Or get a symmetrical composition of the players from somewhere up high? Often, shooting from the side of the pitch is better than being behind the goal.
You could also try to experiment with different focal lengths. If you're using a camera with interchangeable lenses, a telephoto zoom lens such as the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM gets you right in close to the action, and its built-in image stabilization helps prevent camera shake.
Most of the time, you'll shoot single frames, but when shooting action-packed sports such as rugby or football, you want the best opportunity to capture the most dramatic moments. That's why sports photographers shoot in burst or continuous shooting mode.
To enable this, go to your camera's Drive Modes menu. Sometimes there is a dial on your camera's top plate giving direct control; otherwise, you'll find the drive modes in your camera's menu system. Single shot mode is depicted on the dial as a single rectangular frame, continuous shooting as multiple frames.
Most cameras will be able to capture anywhere from 5 to 12 frames per second when set to burst mode. This allows you to sift through your shots at the end and find the one that best captures the moment, such as the goalie making a dramatic save.
The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS can shoot 10 frames per second in burst mode, and it has a practical vari-angle LCD screen that lets you photograph comfortably even while lying down or standing in awkward positions. Another good option is the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, which shoots 8 frames per second. It has a 31-area autofocus system that lets you pick your focus and track faces and objects by tapping the screen.