Sports Photography Tips | Tutorial with Phil Hillyard

Canon Master Phil Hillyard has been a professional sports photographer for over 20 years and shares his tips and tricks with a Dad wanting to capture memories of his son playing school rugby.

In this video you can learn more about the camera settings and gear he recommends to use for sports photography. He also shares some insightful tips about composition and lighting.

Sports photography is one of the most physically demanding forms of photography. Whether you’re shooting ball-sports like rugby and football, or extreme action sports like mountain biking and snowboarding, there’s a lot of running around.

Key points of this video:
00:46 – Recommended Photography Gear for Sports Photographers
00:52 – Information about Camera Lenses
01:13 – Exposure (Shooting) Mode to Use for Action Shots
01:24 – Information about Shutter Speed
01:38 – Composition & Lighting Tips
02:40 – Positioning on the Rugby field to get key shots
04:30 – Capturing Emotion
04:50 – Using Manual Exposure
05:10 – How to Shoot Silhouettes
05:11 – End

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19 responses to “Sports Photography Tips | Tutorial with Phil Hillyard”

  1. Thank you for the video..the team I shoot here in Texas loves the ball flight photos between them. This year getting the 1Dx II and stepping up the Nikon falls short of the measure

  2. Awesome information, thanks for that. As a beginner these types of videos I find very helpful. Just had a couple questions if you don’t mind. So you start in AV mode and lock you shutter high? Your ISO just adjusts itself?


  3. Guys this is really awesome. I am a teenage video-maker and amateur photographer from Poland. I am currently saving up money to buy an 800d for my video work and stills. That dual pixel AF and 45 cross type points will be great for my commercial work also your lines selection is amazing. Hope that this body paired with 50mm f 1,4 and 28mm f 2.8 will give me some stunning results. Take your time and develop a really good 4K codec for your budget dslrs and you will be second to none Canon!
    Greetings from Poland

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