Soccer Photography: Where should I be to capture the best images?
I particularly enjoy photographing soccer, largely because I’ve also been playing for over two decades. My father placed a ball at my feet when I turned five, and I slowly evolved into an attacking winger by the time I was a teenager. I had a wicked cross, but absolutely no ability to defend.
18-Yard Box, Sideline
Good spot for a general variety of photographs.
18-Yard Box, Goal Line
Great spot for more direct, head-on photographs.
A good spot for some unique images.
Behind the Net
When you want to differentiate your work, shoot from here.
How to Spend Your Time
Given that the majority of soccer games are exactly 90 minutes, there isn’t a basic formula I can provide as to where you should spend your time.
However, I would suggest the following:
- Limit your time at the corner flag to no more than 10-15 minutes.
- Concentrate on capturing reaction shots near the end of the game – especially in a tight match.
- If you’re being paid for your work, do not waste your time behind the net without a remote trigger. With the field being so large, you may never get the shot you’re looking for.
While there are undoubtedly spots around the field that will consistently produce great photographs, you shouldn’t hesitate to experiment and move around.
I’ve included some miscellaneous images below, in the hopes of triggering your creative thought process.
If you have any additional suggestions or ideas, don’t hesitate to share!