Tricia Booker Photography

Tuesday Photography Tip – Following

2015-01-12_Futsal2_Booker_0114-EditOne of the challenges of photographing high school sports is the limitations sometimes placed on where you’re allowed to stand. The best locations to catch the action are often out-of-bounds to parents.

After stressing about missing shots in the past, I’ve realized over time that no matter where you stand there are photo ops available, and sometimes “bad” places will result in good images.

Photographing Futsal is new to me, and this was my second game. Because it’s played in a small gymnasium, all of the spectators are relegated to the stands, and even then you must still watch out for fast flying soccer balls. So, I’m forced to sit in one place to shoot.

Nevertheless, I was pleased with this series I captured of Cam scoring a goal. Even though  I wasn’t able to catch his expression because of my location, I timed the shot with the ball coming off his foot and the defenders facial expressions provided the story.


Through years of experience, I’ve also developed the habit of following the ball into the goal. It’s there that you’ll often capture those intense emotions, such as the goalie’s exasperation at missing the incoming ball and the happiness of the players on the team that scored.

These photos were edited in Lightroom and Macphun’s Tonality Pro.



  1. i have been seeing photography on fb, on my wp time line and im sick of it, but since i love Football and i dont see people often photographing football. i like ur last two posts

  2. Sue

    I agree — what a funny look on his face. An interesting point to remember, and applicable to shooting wildlife as well. The initial shots are often not the natural ones. Thanks!

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