Usually when you think about sports photography the image that comes to mind is great hockey saves or a team celebrating after winning the big game. One thing we donít often think about is safety.
Hockey is a sport where there are many hidden dangers for photographers. Most of the time you are looking through the camera and may not notice what is happening around you. Many times I have been shooting towards the net and not noticed two brutes checking each other into the glass right next to me. I have seen more than a few photographers get a black eye because the players hit the glass, the glass hits the lens and the camera hits the photographer. If covering football from the sidelines you donít even have glass and boards between you and the players and I have seen photographers get broken bones from the collision.
Another danger is flying pucks, sometimes you are allowed to photograph from the bench area or the penalty box where there may not be glass and it is a good idea to always keep tabs on where the puck is, you never know when one is going to go flying towards you. This applies to baseball, football or any other sport, really. Make sure you have permission to be where you are because you donít want to be liable for an injury that you may cause with your equipment.
We have a few spaces left in our November 3rd Intro to Sports Photography seminar, for more information go to cameracraft.ca/seminars.html
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