Aspiring Amateur Sports Photographer

Started Nov 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In reply to matt33d, Nov 13, 2012

Amateur photography shouldn't even be attempted.  You should immediately get yourself attached to one or more teams, get onto the field, and attempt to deliver a consistent product.  Unless your college tuition is like the way it would have been in 1950, photography isn't going to pay for it.  There was a time in America when a college student could work summer jobs and pay off his entire college expenses.  Due to the interference from the government through the Federal Reserve, many college tuitions have become the equivalent to buying a large house, and you don't even get to keep the house.

Depending on the sports that you're trying to photograph, a versatile kit should include at a minimum:

Canon 7D

Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS or Canon 200 f/2.8

Canon 24-70 f/2.8 or 35 f/1.4

Monopod

Each sport and venue has different requirements, from easy to ludicrous.  If you can make money with photography or anything else, take it at the expense of college.  Don't put college first and lose your opportunity for a future career now.  That doesn't mean you should quit altogether, but reduce the annual expenses as much as possible by reducing the number of classes taken at once.  At many colleges, one year of tuition and textbook expenses would pay for two camera bodies, a collection of wide-angle and supertelephoto lenses, a new computer workstation, and a down payment on a new car or office lease.  Having the right gear from the start can really help you if you have the talent to do the work, but you still need to treat the photography as a job that comes at the expense of your academic interests.  If you have a game, you show up.  You become just like the athletes who have to juggle their academic schedules around their sports schedules.  Without that commitment, your progress will be much slower, and you may have a long way to go before you can expect consistent results from yourself.

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