John Todd Sports Photography Tips and Techniques – Soccer Photos

0 Posted by - March 5, 2010 -

Welcome to a new episode of the Marc Silber Show – Advancing Your Photography! We’re in San Francisco with our guest John Freeman Todd, a professional sports photographer for over 21 years. He shares a few sports photography tips that can help amateurs start taking better photos. John specializes in soccer photography, and as the team photographer for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes and the U.S. Men and Women’s soccer teams, he has taken a number of stunning pictures over his career.

John’s style is to take bold, beautiful images. He keeps the background clean so the actions and emotions of his subject are the clear focus of the photo. He follows one of Ansel Adams’s best photography tips: think about the end result before you take the picture, and use your mind as a tool to achieve that goal. His advice for amateurs is to move beyond your camera’s full auto settings and learn how to use manual settings for focus, lighting, and exposure. He also likes shooting in RAW, which requires a fast memory card that can clear your camera’s buffer during continuous shooting. John recommends SanDisk cards for their speed and reliability.



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    John Todd shares excellent tips on how to improve your Sports Photography

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  • TheJOELcam September 8, 2012 - 3:07 am Reply

    Hey awesome interview! that was very informative and I’m glad I heard him describe the difference between JPEG and Raw, so im going to try out RAW now ;)

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    What type of camera do you use?

  • Richard Segi Sinasta March 25, 2012 - 8:29 pm Reply

    Tips on sport photography.

  • Gluy4rce August 21, 2011 - 9:20 am Reply

    great video :D

  • Pezby69 July 10, 2011 - 1:00 pm Reply

    Thx for the tips.. :)

  • marcsilber April 25, 2011 - 10:58 pm Reply

    thanks, love to hear that

  • HKMoo April 25, 2011 - 8:51 pm Reply

    i like how your shows can cater photographers with different levels. And the questions are really good and to the point. Thanks again, Marc!

  • mashvideo April 22, 2011 - 7:22 pm Reply

    this is what you want to heard from a pro.

  • hmmartinez26 April 22, 2011 - 9:23 am Reply

    I Shoot Raw…. Thanks Marc

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