Had a great time this weekend shooting my nephews’ football games.
Went with the Canon 7D and the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L with the younger kids (as I was able to walk on the field and get pretty close, then I went with the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM at the stadium for the older kids because I wasn’t allowed on the sideline.
A few notes:
1. I found myself shooting most everything at 1/1000, 5.6-6.3
2. Nearly all the shots were landscape, just so much easier to track the action that way.
3. Like the 7D, 100-400mm best for shooting sports. Its hard to beat.
4. I thought the young guys looked so much more formidable when I tried to get close to the ground. They just looked bigger. (You can see from the examples below).
5. I was amazed no one else was out there with a professional lens. Seems there are several games a day, with at least 30-40 kids on each team. (I would estimate at least 200 kids easily). It would be so easy for a photographer to just shoot all day, hand out business cards and let people order online. I think someone could make $1000-1500 a day no problem doing it.
Here are my favorite shots: