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Soccer Photography Challenges & Rewards


Because shooting soccer is challenging, most people do not do it well and thus great soccer photos are appreciated and rewarded. As with most challenges, the more difficult the obstacle, the greater the reward. Here are some of the challenges you will be facing shooting soccer that sportsphotographysuccess.com can help you to overcome:


You Don’t Get to Choose the weather

That’s right. You have to play the soccer game when it’s scheduled and competitive soccer leagues try hard to not reschedule games.  You might be trying to take photos in the rain, snow, cold or heat, and you might have to adapt to changing conditions.  Those changes may occur during the course of a soccer tournament or even within the timeframe of a single soccer game. 

You Don’t Get to Choose the Lighting

No, you don’t get to choose the lighting that soccer will be played in. Besides sunny days you will have cloudy days as well as games that go late with the sun going down.  Sometimes the sun will be straight overhead and other times low on the horizon causing shadows and dark faces.  Cloudy days may provide low light conditions all of which cause challenges for the soccer photographer. 

You Don’t Get to Choose the Moment

Sorry, no posing those soccer athletes. No saying, "Okay I’m ready go ahead make that move, steal that ball or shoot on goal." If you don’t anticipate it, you’ll miss it. If you saw the perfect shot, you just missed it, and invariably the moment you stop for a break is the moment you miss the shot you were waiting for. Great soccer photo opportunities happen throughout the game. You have to be ready at any moment to capture them.

These are just a few of the many challenges you will be facing trying to shoot soccer, including caring for and protecting your equipment, choosing the right equipment, learning how to be in the right position for good shots, and much more.

So, with all those challenges, do you have any chance of capturing amazing soccer shots? Absolutely, and this website and soon to be released book will help you do just that. We have just one purpose in mind—to help you become the best soccer and sports photographer you can!



Although the challenges of soccer photography are many and great, the rewards are equally wonderful. When you catch that perfect shot, you’ll find yourself running around the field showing others or emailing like crazy for all to see. There is nothing quite so rewarding as sharing with a soccer athlete the action shot that shows the emotion of the sport and represents the myriad hours they have spent training and working to improve their skills. You will experience hard work, long hours, difficult situations and conditions–but when you capture those great moments, the challenges and the obstacles fade away.