Photography Adventure And Extreme Sports: Material And Accessories
The word always has an exciting adventure component that transports us to generally open, very cold, very hot, very humid, very steep, and sometimes risky places at high speed. If adventure sports or ends are not easy to practice or suitable for anyone, as a photographer, are not easy to photograph because they require not only highly technical knowledge but also quite knowledge of the sport or extreme activity we want to photograph.
Surely both ends photographers like activity as photography, but surely began by activity and hence the desire to portray emerged. Anyway, the first ingredient of extreme sports photography is to know that we want to photograph to do it as safe as possible. For example, I would not recommend anyone to photograph an expedition to K2 without much prior training😉
Prior knowledge of the sport, not only be safer for your physical integrity but will help you find the best angles to photograph, the safest places, the best frames and even the best material to do so. Not the same photograph a jumping freestyle in the snow session limestone climbing or diving session.
No one better than you, if you are fond of extreme sports, knows what context’ll have to face when choosing the necessary for your photo shoot material. However, let’s see generally, what basic material is advisable to start in extreme sports photography.
The DSLR or SLR are recommended classic thanks to the possibility to control them manually exchanging goals, you adaptarles an external flash and usually have more accessories.
However, they are not the only option to contemplate, some EVIL and even some very advanced compact have nothing to envy the reflex of a lifetime.
But let’s see what to consider when choosing a camera to photograph extreme sports:
- Body sealed against dust, splashes and so on .
- Resistance to extreme temperatures : You must take this into account if you are passionate about sports in the snow or in the desert since the cameras usually fail in extreme temperatures.The more support your camera, the better.
- Number of frames per second : On the basis of many extreme sports happen quickly, have a good number of frames per second, you can make the difference between getting the image and not do it.
- Weight : Not the same can install your “behemoth” on a tripod and wait, you have to carry it while practicing climbing, right?😉
- Analog : Yes, do not be scared 😉In some cases like very extreme temperatures below freezing, the batteries are discharged very fast and screens are frozen, so some photographers choose analog photography to solve this problem. So if you find yourself at -20 degrees and your digital fails, you can try😉
Unlike other sports, extreme sports usually practiced almost always outdoors and often have difficult access for anyone who wants to photograph, so unless we attend to some competition in an enclosed space, let’s assume that we “face “to those images in the open.
¿Optical Zoom or fixed?
Unfortunately not everything is black or black with respect to the decision to choose between a fixed focal or zoom. Broadly speaking, the advantages of fixed optics are its higher image quality andhigher brightness at much lower price than the optical zoom of equal brightness. By contrast, an optical fixed limits when approaching or away from the scene agile and implies that this movement we do it ourselves, which is not always possible or easy.
The optical zoom allow us to approach or move away from the scene instantly, but are generally less bright optical and less sharp.
What focal length choose?
The choice between an optical lens with a focal distance or other lies basically in the distance expected that can be positioned to photograph the scene.
- Wide Angle: If you can get close enough to the main scene, this goal will allow you to accompany the focus of your image including the context in the frame. And thanks to its angle and distortion will allow you to have very interesting perspectives.
- 50mm: If you can freely move around the scene and control the distance, this is a great target for its sharpness, its high brightness and low weight.
- TELE: If you plan to photograph the scene from a distance, get one of these is almost obligatory.Consider a focal from 200mm, as bright as possible, or at least the brighter you can afford and if possible with stabilizer if the body of your camera does not have one.
Surely you’ve seen in many sporting events photographers saddled with huge tripods to support their huge cameras and even more huge goals, right? Well, it’s normal, often use such long focal to approach the scene, (football, athletics, Formula 1, etc.) that often need a lot of stability on their computers.
However, extreme sports are usually carried out in stages rather less ideal to carry a tripod and, as mentioned, usually involve some kind of physical effort on our part. If this is your case, it is best to leave the tripod at home and trust that there is enough light, your goal is sufficiently bright or your good pulse😉
If you do not need to move too much to photograph the scenes and weight is not a big inconvenience, please accompany you a good tripod , you better about not missing, especially if you’re not having to load it .
An intermediate alternative weight and performance could be a monopod , which will provide more freedom of movement than a tripod, and more stability than shooting handheld.
In adventure sports, you’ll find virtually every possible lighting situations: backlights , low light , high contrast between the light areas and shadow, and so on .
A good external flash that allows sync at high speeds when needed, freeze the motion, act as fill flash or illuminate dark areas will become your great ally if you know take advantage. So you can keep the ISO at bay (more ISO more image noise) and get crisp, perfectly exposed images.
A good backpack that protects well your team and your back is essential if you want to go out to photograph adventure sports. Try it waterproof, lightweight, with a compartment for everything, and practical when accessing their compartments.
Correa and / or harnesses
If you’re going to spend the day photographing, ideally you do as comfortably and safely as possible.It is therefore important to take care all the details of your computer, including which strap is more comfortable and better suited to your photographic style.
If what you need is arms as possible unemployed, there are harnesses for SLR cameras that you may find useful in certain situations.
Batteries and extra memory cards
If you shoot in burst to try to capture that decisive moment, before long you can stay without battery and / or out of space on the memory card , so under no circumstances forget to add batteries and extra memory cards that preveas you’ll need.
Each sport has its own characteristics, so we can never generalize when choosing the materials necessary to perform it. Many times you will have from a base and adding or removing according to your style of photography, and based on trial and error. However, there are many specialized accessories from cofferdams and specialized for underwater photography flashes, waterproof covers for water sports or rainy days, and so on.
There are also other cameras designed for sports photography extreme as GoPro , with a wide angle lens, its small size, waterproof case and many accessories (adaptable to town, harnesses, tripods, etc.) becomes the classical for action photographers.
And although GoPro is best known for the moment, there are other alternatives of different qualities and prices: Polaroid Cube , Kodak PixPro SP 360 , Sj4000 , or Rollei actioncam , et cetera. We do not have the quality of an SLR, but are practical, weigh nothing, and can give you very interesting images thanks to its angular optics and views that you can get with them. Just you do not can control practically nothing in what refers to adjustments.
If you are someone who enjoy the outdoors practicing or watching some kind of sport mountain or sea, you have a camera, and never the you had brought with you, maybe it’s time that you will be encouraged to, do not you think? What could be better than combining two passions at the same moment?😉