A sports hobby is one of the healthiest hobbies you can possibly have. Sports are fantastic for developing strong muscles, for keeping your weight in check and are also great for keeping stress and depression levels low. Sports are also amazing for developing great social skills and for enhancing your quality of life. But enjoying your favorite sport can prove to be quite expensive. Gym memberships, sports field memberships, sports clothing, protective gear and sports gear all cost quite a lot if you want quality gear that will enhance your efficiency.
But your favorite sporty hobby doesn’t just have to be an expense. You can also use sports to earn an extra income by taking up sports photography.
What is sports photography?
Sports photographers involve the photography of all types of sports and sports players. Professional sports photographers can work in the photojournalism division where they take brilliant shots of athletes for magazines, newspapers and for digital newsfeed or photographers can work as amateur sports photographers and take brilliant looking images of children or of casual sports events.
How you can earn by becoming a sports photographer
If you are already out there on the sports fields doing what you love or enjoying a good game then you might as well take along photography gear and earn some extra spending money. There are quite a few different ways in which you can earn an income from sports photography such as the following;
- Take images for journalistic purposes and supply newspapers and more of brilliant images of great games, athletes, and other sports-related topics.
- Take sports photographs for schools or community events.
- Take sports photographs and sell these on royalty sites where graphic designers and web developers can buy these images and use for digital marketing.
Photography accessories that are a must for sports photography
To become a sports photographer you will need quite a bit of gear. It is also important for sports photographers to choose wise and compact so you can maintain great flexibility so traveling between sports fields and sports locations will remain easy. Here are a few must-haves that every sports photographer should add to their accessories;
Spotting scope – A spotting scope is a very handy photography accessory that every sports photographer should have. It can be tough to spot and identify specific athletes when the sports field is busy. A scope will help you see much better on the field over long distances and is also a very handy tool for identifying the perfect shots.
Tripod – Sports events can endure for many hours. With a tripod, you can capture those perfectly focused shots and enjoy more comfort as you photograph specific areas.
Camera backpack – It is never a great idea to simply leave your expensive photography gear all alone. A camera backpack makes it easier to haul around your camera and other gear as you move about the field.
Extra memory cards – Stock up on memory cards because there will be no time to free scan through your images to free up some space.
With the right gear and just a little bit of training you can easily start earning from photography while you are enjoying the active sporty life.