Michael Jordan frozen in mid-air, pumping his fists in victory after a game-winning shot. Muhammad Ali towering over Sonny Liston, demanding he stand and fight. Perfect photos turn amazing moments into legends. Sports is a field of larger-than-life figures and unbelievable moments, and it's through sports photography that those moments are preserved in public memory forever.
But sports photography isn't just about capturing star athletes at the top of their game -- some of the greatest shots focus on the reaction after a win, fans and athletes coming together, or the crowning of a champion on the Olympic podium. Others highlight an athlete's physique or use motion blur to depict the thrill and action of a moment. There's no one way to take a great sports photograph, but there are a few techniques that are guaranteed to help you get that winning shot.
Whether you're looking to capture that next iconic sports moment or want to record your kid's high school football game, shooting with the best lens you can afford is the first step toward a brilliant picture.