A lot goes into getting a great football photo. Talent is important for sure, but luck definitely plays a role. The first thing you need of course is a memorable or visually appealing moment. These don't happen every game---there are plenty of low scoring games with lots of boring runs up the middle. But every now and then there is that moment---the one that causes the crowd to gasp and then cheer, the one that makes the ESPN Top 10 list that night. Even if you are lucky enough to be shooting that game, you still have to be in the right position---no small feat when talking about over 1,000 feet of sideline to cover. Strategy and gut can help, but ultimately luck plays a big role in this. Of course, even if you are in the right position when the big play happens, you still have to capture the moment with a sharp, properly exposed image. The above photo of Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh making a fingertip grab against BYU is the perfect storm of right place, right time, a little bit of skill and a little bit of luck. I shot this using my Nikon D750 and my 70-200mm lens zoomed out all the way to 70mm. I used aperture priority, my f-stop was f/2.8 and my shutter speed was 1/4000 of a second to capture the speed of the play.
More like a LOT of skill and a little luck! Congrats Bryan- thrilled to hear this photo is in Schembechler. Very proud and continually amazed by your photos!
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