Soccer Photography with the Tamron 18-200mm VC and Tamron 70-200mm VC
This year my son started playing soccer on a team, so naturally, it was my opportunity to pick up the camera and try and get some great action shots. It’s been a challenge to keep up with the ball and anticipate the direction the players will go. But it’s also been fun. I used two different cameras this season, my Canon 6D paired with the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 VC lens and my Sony a6000 paired with the Tamron 16-200mm VC.
7 Things I Learned While Shooting Kid Soccer Games
Love Continuous Shooting or Burst Mode
I used both my Canon 6D and Sonya6000 to shoot the soccer games and shot on burst mode the entire time, it’s the best way to get some good stop-action shots. I’ve been shooting most of the games with the Sonya6000 mostly for the 11fps available when the camera is set to continuous shooting.
Follow the Ball
This is probably the most obvious, keep your eye on the ball. I find myself focusing on the players’actions as the move the ball across the field, which means sometimes the ball isn’t in the shot.
Use the Field
Almost every game my son has had this season has been in full sun and around 90-degrees, so I haven’t really been able to do this myself. But changing positions on the field will help you capture a wide variety of shots. Luckily my zoom lens gets me pretty close but as the temperatures drop, I’m going to step out of the cover of the canopy and walk the field for a new perspective.
Focus on a Single Player
During the game, it can be challenging to figure out what to focus on. Be sure to spend During each game I spend a few minutes on as many players I can throughout the game.
Tell the Full Story
Getting all the best “replay” shots is amazing, but don’t forget the other moments of the game. The coach talking to the team, the players resting on the sidelines, or those calm moments the players have after one of the players scores a goal.
Long Lenses are Best
In order to cover the field you really do need a long zoom lens. I used both the Tamron 7-200 2.8 VC and the Tamron 18-200 VC
Be Camera Ready Always
The problem with being a mother of one of the players is that you sometimes lose focus and get wrapped up into the game, missing some of the most amazing shots. I’ve done this on many occasions. Obviously, I have no real solution.
Great Videos to Get You and Your Camera Ready for the Game
Recommended Reads on Shooting a Soccer Game
- How a Sports Illustrated Photographer Shoots His Kids Game
- Tips for Photographing Football Soccer
- Photographing Youth Sports with Stephen Green
- Get a Kick: Photograph Soccer
- How to Photograph Kids Soccer Games