An introduction to shooting and mounting remote cameras at sporting events

by Gannon Burgett

posted Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:25 PM EST


At any sporting event where photographers are present, it’s safe to assume that somewhere behind the backboard or mounted in the rafters, there’s a remote camera securely tethered down ready to fire at a moments notice. Remote cameras offer unique opportunities for photographers, allowing them to place cameras in locations that would otherwise be unfeasible to shoot from. Additionally, it provides the opportunity for photographers to capture from two different angels, despite staying in one location for the main action.

Today Nikon put out a video that shows sports photographer and Nikon Ambassador Andrew Hancock sharing a handful of tips to help you make the most of your sports photography by using remote cameras. The video is three minutes long and offers a solid set of advice on how to set up and your position cameras to get the best perspective of the action taking place.

Below are a few of the shots Hancock came away with from his demonstration shoot:

Hancock specifically notes his use of the Nikon remote triggering system, but whether you’re shooting a Nikon, Canon, Olympus or Samsung, there’s a triggering system out there for you. Speaking from personal experience, Pocket Wizard triggers are by and large the most prominent in the market, but if the price of Pocket Wizard triggers scares you away, there are a handful of less expensive options out there.

Regardless of what system you use, the video is a wonderful kickstarter for getting your gear in order and figuring out the best methods for finding a location and properly mounting your setup.

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