Tips and Tricks for Dance (and Sports) Photography

West Coast Elite regional competition at Rancho Bernardo High School by Willie Sakai
February 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone

Join us for an exciting presentation about dance and sports photography with Willie Sakai!

West Coast Elite regional competition at Rancho Bernardo High School by Willie Sakai

If you’ve ever been frustrated with capturing rapid action, this talk is for you.  Out of focus shots?  Horribly overexposed images?  Stuck with crummy light?  Been there, done that.

Dance, sports, and event photographers are often faced with multiple challenges – fast moving subjects, no option for do-overs, no control over lighting, limited time to shoot, venue restrictions, and dealing with a massive number of image files.

This talk will cover tips for meeting such challenges, where you’ll learn how to:
– Choose gear for capturing action
– Refine your auto focus settings
– Tame your exposure meter
– Compose compelling images
– Organize a high-volume digital workflow

Even if action-oriented photography isn’t your thing, this knowledge is still applicable to other situations such as street photography, chasing your kids/grandkids around, concert photography, etc.

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom login info via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.

About Willie Sakai

Willie Sakai caught the photo bug as a teenager, way back in the film days.  He switched to DSLR in 2005 to capture better photos of his daughter, who had started competitive dancing at an early age.  As volunteer photographers for their daughter’s high school dance team, Willie and his wife Lois acquired more gear and learned techniques for capturing fast-moving subjects in less-than-ideal lighting.

After their daughter finished high school in 2010, Willie and Lois founded Jade Coast Photography, specializing in portraiture for dancers, seniors, and families.  Still interested in improving his skills, Willie joined the Professional Photographers of San Diego County (PPSDC), where he has served as webmaster since 2017.

Experience with PPSDC image competitions has led to recent recognition:
– Multiple ribbons at the Del Mar Fair Exhibition of Photography
– PPSDC Illustrative Photographer of the Year (2019 and 2020)
– PPSDC 2020 Digital Imaging Photographer of the Year
– PPSDC 2020 Image of the Year
– PPSDC 2020 Photographer of the Year

To think it all started with wanting to take better dance pictures.

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