The Expert Guide for Sports Photography Essentials

A Basketball Player Catching The Pass With Players In The Background


Capturing fast-paced images requires advanced skills and the right equipment.

If you’re new to sports photography, putting together essential equipment may seem like an overwhelming task, and it’s okay.

Here’s the expert guide for sports photography essentials that will help you capture the action:


Pick the right camera to take sports photography like a pro. You need fast auto-tracking and continuous shooting features to get those epic shots that you see on the internet.

Mirrorless cameras are compact and lightweight, making them a perfect candidate for a sports photography camera. But regular DLSRs will also do the trick and to many pros still the best option for sports photography!

The next decision will be to decide between a full-frame and a crop sensor camera. The former provides a broader dynamic range and better shot quality at low lights.

Some of the popular choices for sports photography cameras are Canon 1DX, Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 80D, Nikon D4, Nikon D850, and Nikon D7200.

An Aerial Shot of a Motorcycle



Choosing the right lens is as much important as the camera. Lenses can take a large chunk of your budget, so you need to get them right.

We recommend carrying both prime lens and zoom lens. The former provides sharp results and better low light performance, while the latter offers a wider focal range.

If you have to choose between the two, go for a prime lens, but keep the zoom lens at the top of your shopping list. If you have trouble capturing a wide range of photos, do vice-versa.

Some of the popular lens options for sports photography are Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L USM, and Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G AF-S VRII.


Camera accessories play an instrumental role in ensuring that you don’t lose focus (no pun intended) when capturing your shot.

Essentials like bags, rain covers, lens cleaners, spare batteries, and memory cards are necessary to ensure your sports photography sessions go smoothly.

As a sports photographer, you need to keep the camera ready and prepared to capture fast-paced action. Blink, and you’ll lose the action.

Buy a high-quality wrist or neck strap to ensure your camera’s always in your hand, and you’re all set to take amazing sports photos.

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