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.



  1. hmmartinez26 April 22nd, 2011

    I Shoot Raw…. Thanks Marc

  2. mashvideo April 22nd, 2011

    this is what you want to heard from a pro.

  3. HKMoo April 25th, 2011

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

  4. marcsilber April 25th, 2011

    thanks, love to hear that

  5. Pezby69 July 10th, 2011

    Thx for the tips.. :)

  6. Gluy4rce August 21st, 2011

    great video :D

  7. Richard Segi Sinasta March 25th, 2012

    Tips on sport photography.

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    What type of camera do you use?

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  10. TheJOELcam September 8th, 2012

    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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  15. Patrick McNease December 4th, 2013

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

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