Sports photography is one of those disciplines that can be practiced almost anywhere at almost anytime. Whether you’re covering the Olympics across the globe or your daughter’s soccer game just across town, the principles—and challenges—have a lot in common. Photographer Mike Powell has 25 years of experience shooting sports for the likes of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, ESPN The Magazine, Stern and L’Equipe. Here, Powell shares 10 tips for making amazing sports images wherever the action may find you.
Willingness to go the extra mile is essential for capturing special images whether at the Olympics or Little League. In photographing swimmer Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics, Powell scouted ahead of time to find the best location, far from the official position allocated to photographers.