Professional Sports Photography with Dave Black [IP49]

Dave Black, a professional sports photographer who has done work for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and virtually every other major publication, comes on the Improve Photography podcast to share his knowledge of sports photography.

What's in this episode

  • How to light an entire sports arena for sports photography in low light.
  • Dave's really creative tip for getting into professional sports arenas to shoot sports.
  • How to make your photos stand out from the crowd.
  • and more!

Dave Black's Gear List

Primary Camera: Nikon D4

Favorite Lens: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens

Flash system: SB900 flash with Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries

Tripod: Manfrotto Tripod and Head

Ballhead: Manfrotto 410 Geared Head 

Resources mentioned in this episode

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12 thoughts on “Professional Sports Photography with Dave Black [IP49]”

  1. As someone who frequently shoots University of Tennessee football games, this is extremely helpful. Thanks Jim and Dave! The hardest part of sports photography is lighting especially when these is a harsh shadow covering half the field.

  2. So cool! Dave Black is THE reason I got into sports photography. I had the immense pleasure of meeting him a couple of years ago in a photography convention here in Montreal where he explained a couple of his technique. I was simply blown away when I understood how he made his “sprinter” photography.

    Such a nice person. A straight forward, humble and extremely competent photographer.

    Way to go Jim. You’ve hit a home run.

  3. Ok, I never thought I’d be any sort of sports photographer as I admit, I only tune into the Super Bowl to watch the commercials. With that being said, I did get invited to photograph a Forsyth County Special Olympics softball team- that led to three other SO softball teams- that led to the SO equestrian team- that led to the SO floor hockey team- that led to the SO bocci ball team! Let me just tell you how much I ADORE these sweet kids! They make me smile! Their enthusiasm, dedication, and spirit have made me love this aspect of learning photography as it relates to sports. I will tell David, above, that I am a University of Tennessee alumni, and there is nothing like watching the Big Orange at home! Go Vols!

  4. Well I listened to this podcast today, and loved it. It was motivating, and the whole get out there and do it, practice. I do feel as though practice is the best tool. As well as the workshops, I am hoping to go to more and more hands on workshops. Thank you for the podcast I listen to them all the time. I have an hour drive to and from work, and all I hear is photography talk. 🙂

  5. Michael Waterman

    This was one of the best interviews I have l heard. Jim and Dave shared a lot of useful, practical information and provided inspiration to be creative and distinguish our work from the others. Keep up the great work!

  6. Jim,
    I attended the Summit sports workshop in 2012, it was excellent!!
    make sure you go to Garden of the Gods one morning at Dawn, you will love it!
    keep up the good work.

  7. Just listened to this today – really great interview and good information!

    Did anyone else think Dave sounded like Jeff Goldblum? I think it made it even more entertaining to listen to 😉

    Thank you both!

  8. HI Jim, I was wondering what the comparable Cannon Lens would be to his Nikon Lens he used for his sports photography?

    Thank you,

  9. Hi Jim,

    I just wanted to reach out and tell you that I applied Dave’s theory on how to obtain a credential for shooting sporting events and I am proud to say that on March 15-16, 2014, I will be at the World short track speed skating Championships in Montréal, Québec!!! You can go and check out my web site as I will put some of my best shots from that event in a couple of weeks! Thanks!

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