- Knowing the sport you are photographing will help you know what shots to get.
- Anticipate what's going to happen and be there!
- Pick a position that will give you a clean background and separates the foreground and background.
- Follow the ball and be there with your camera.
- Or...don't follow the ball and get a reaction shot from another player.
- Timing is key. If you wait until you see it, it's gone. Pre-focus on where the action will be.
- Try shooting with a slow shutter speed to create a bit of blur or try an unusual angle.
I love shooting in manual, but I find with action shots, aperture priority is much easier to handle. The best way to get better at action photography is definitely to practice, practice, practice!
Oh, and the title of the class had the word "wildlife" in it but really the only thing said about it was that you need a long lens. I could have said that. Every time we've gone to Kruger National Park my 200mm lens feels dinky compared to what some of those photographers have!