In the world of sports photography, there’s no such thing as second chances. In the words of Marshal Mathers, ‘you only get one shot, one opportunity.’
Unfortunately, one photographer who was recently covering a kickball game missed her one opportunity by not following the number one rule you learn when shooting–don’t chimp. As a result, she missed what is hands-down the most impressive kickball move I’ve ever seen.
Chimping, of course, is the act of peeking at the back LCD screen of your camera to see how the shots are turning out. As the below GIF highlights, the photographer to the left of the action took a few shots of the main action sequence, as a kicker made his attempt at the plate. Immediately, the photographer looks down at the back of her camera and misses an incredible diving play from a member of the team up to bat.
Much like the motion of a major league pitcher or bowler, the key with sports photography is to follow through with your shots. Don’t only capture the main action; also be aware of the secondary and tertiary action and reaction going on around the event.
Use this GIF as a lesson and pass it around to friends as a friendly PSA.