5 top tips from a photography pro to taking the best pics to record the big games this summer

Euro 2020: how to capture football coming home

Daniel Scheijen, CMO of PastBook, offers his top tips to aspiring photographers on how to take the best sport snaps.

England fans were in wild celebrations after yesterday’s victory over Germany. Their incredible performance was captured by the 41,973 fans at Wembley, alongside million viewers celebrating the action at home. Whether capturing Sterling’s winning goal from a pub or Wembley stadium from the stands photographing this fast-paced sport and the moments that define the game, can often be very challenging for the average football fan. As such, PastBook – a global platform for one-click photo products – share their expert tips to ensure you get the most out of your camera phone for the coming quarterfinals and (fingers crossed) semis and final at Wembley. 

Take photos that capture the spirit of the game: 

As many travel restrictions remain, a trip to watch the game in Rome is unlikely for many. So, if you are watching from a pub or fan zone, why not try capturing the spirit of the game instead – take photos of celebrating fans, who you enjoyed the match with or where you are watching from. This way you will have valuable images that will transport you straight back.  

Capture the action: 

Taking an action shot can be challenging, particularly during a fast-paced football game. Burst mode is perfect for these moments. When capturing a subject in motion, simply enable ‘burst mode’ on your camera phone and you will be able to capture exciting shots with minimal effort. 

Don’t forget the selfie: 

Amidst the chaos and excitement of the match, fans should always remember to take a selfie. By capturing a selfie, fans have a tangible way to look back at their experience of the winning game, whilst also having evidence that they were actually there. 

Get a wider shot of the major stadium: 

When photographing a large stadium, a wide shot will capture the entire scene. Normally, a camera phone shoots a 4:3 ratio, giving you black bars on the side of your phone. But, by changing your ratio to 16:9, it switches to widescreen shooting – making it the perfect way to capture the action, fans and major stadium. 

Make the stadiums’ unusual angles and perspectives work for you:

Often we capture our images at eye level, yet when seated in a stadium, this is never easy. Capturing an image from an extraordinary perspective can bring uniqueness to even the most basic images. So, Why not experiment with a combination of eye-level, high-angle, and low-angle shots when watching the match. 

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