Saturday saw the start of a new era for Neil Smith Sports Photography due to having recently bought a new lens which is more suitable for sports photography. Saturday was the debut of the lens which is a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8, for football matches this means a couple of major changes. The f2.8 means that I will be able to shoot in low light without having to put the ISO up to the maximum, this also will result in less grainy photos. With the lens going down to 70mm compared to the lens I was using which started at 170mm, I will be able to get better shots from corners and when players are running down the wing towards me.
The game that I was at on Saturday was Dunston UTS vs Sunderland RCA which ended 1-1 (I was also listening to Gateshead’s match on the radio). I wanted take photos from behind the goal line and also from the side touchline just so that I could have a good idea of what I could now do. Although some of the photos may not have turned out as well as I had hoped but then again this was in the second half when I was guessing what to have the ISO set to.
I’ll have to have a word with Martin Avery before the Salisbury game to find out what adjustments I may need to make. I think I will set myself a target of 3 Gateshead games to make sure I know exactly what settings to now use and 5 Northern League games as they need more attention due to flood lights not being as powerful.
The match itself was really good and competitive with both teams having plenty of chances which meant that I had plenty of chances to take photos.
Next chapter in the new era will be this Saturday when Gateshead take on Salisbury at the International Stadium.