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Capture every second of the action

This summer will be packed with top sporting events. So get set for action behind the camera.

Capturing high speed sports is notoriously tricky. Dramatic wins and losses won’t wait, so the key is to make it snappy. Award winning photographer, Eddie Keogh has been capturing iconic sporting events for 35 years and has immortalised hundreds of defining moments, including eight World Cups. His invaluable expertise and advice can help you too capture game changing images.

Eddie Keogh

Award-winning Canon Explorer, Eddie Keogh is a freelance sports photographer. He worked for UK national newspapers from 1986 until 2005, when he joined Reuters as a contract photographer. Eddie covered his first Olympic Games in Los Angeles, USA, at the age of 21. He has photographed eight football World Cups – and almost every sport ever invented.

Split second

As Eddie says, “the real challenge is getting that one split second that defines a particular sporting event.” So how does he do it?

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© Eddie Keogh – Canon EOS-1D Mark IV; the exposure was 1/1250s at f/2.8, ISO 1600.

“This gymnast on the high bar was spinning so fast I just fired away hoping to get an interesting shape. At the end of the day I gave my card to an editor and he told me that he loved the shot of the guy with no head. I had no idea what he was talking about until I saw the picture. Lady luck strikes again.”

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© Eddie Keogh – Canon EOS-1D X with an EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens; the exposure was 1/1600s at f/4.5, ISO 400.

“This was the last race of the day at Cheltenham Festival. As the sun was setting, I walked out on the course to find a fence that was facing the sun and placed my camera on a spike in the base of the fence and triggered it with a radio slave.”

Canon plays a part

“I’ve been using the new Canon EOS 1-D X Mark II and the tracking is superb. It’s quicker to focus and holds the focus better than any other Canon camera I’ve used. No matter how fast the action, I can trust its AF system to give me a better chance of getting that key moment.”

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original source: Canon Inspiration www.canon.co.uk
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